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Bellringers History


When most of us older folk hear the name Bellringer almost instantly in our minds eye we will have an instant image of the great actor Charles Laughton, with a pillow stuffed up the back of his tunic, jumping onto the bells at Notre Dame, in his yet to be equalled portrayal of Quasimodo the Hunchback of Notre Dame, in the old movie.
This image of course is a million miles away from what the real life bellringers are. They are in fact groups of dedicated people who specialize in the artform of Bellringing.


The method of bellringing named Change ringing which was developed in the British Isles differs from the European method of ringing bells. Bell ringing in England is in fact a skilled art form of playing a set of percussion instruments with each bell tuned to a different tone. Requiring perfect timing by each ringer.  The British method does not aim to ring a recognizable tune whereas the European method does. The European method has a larger number of bells struck by hammers which are connected so that one person [ The Carilloner ] can control the whole thing.

So the English method requires more skill  and is played using mathematical sequences known as Changes, a large number of these Changes have been devised over the years and are known by their names which are very inventive to say the least. Often sounding far removed from what they represent as in Bristol Surprise Maximus, or Grandsire Triples. Now despite this the names are very informative as to the content of the Change, as often the first part refers to who invented the Change or the area it originated in. The remainder is informative as to the number of bells the Change was designed for.

A Minimus means a method for 4 bells. A Minor meaning 6 bells. A Major is 8 bells  A Royal is for 10 bells, A Maximus is for 12 Bells.

Now there are the names for an odd number of Bells which again are many, and terms like doubles for 5 bells, and triples  for 7 bells etc.
Now if like me you thought that Bellringing was just a simple matter of pulling on the rope at the right time, then think again it is much more involved than that.

At the start of a bellringing session the bells have to be "rung up" so that the mouth of the Bell is on top. Ringing up means pulling the rope until the bell is in an upright position. This gives the ringer absolute control as to how many times the bell will sound, for a single peal, the rope is pulled once allowing the bell to do a 360 deg. swing, and coming to rest back in a upright position again. To make the bell give two peals the  bell is pulled back before completing 360 deg thus creating the second peal.
When the bellringing session has finished the bells are rung down.

Mollie Uttley who once proudly rung the bells at St. Leonard's writes

"There are 6 bells at St. Leonards, the heaviest being 8 cwts. 1 qt. I used to ring no. 5, Frank Brunt was the captain and the other ringers were David Brunt, Vivien Hinchliffe, Margaret Rogers, Denise Shaw and me.  


In order to become a member of the Yorkshire Association of change ringers (of which I have a certificate on the wall too big to photograph], you have to ring a peal non stop, I rang bob major which lasted for 2 and 1/2 hours.   If any of the other ringers went wrong then the whole thing had to be started again.   The biggest thrill was ringing in the new year on a cold and frosty night and then going to the rectory afterwards for supper with Revd. Dixon and Mrs. Dixon, I shudder to think about walking home on my own at that time of night in this day and age.


Source on Bellringing Colliers Encyclopedia




Image copyright to the Sheffield Branch of Yorkshire Change Ringers

So who is ringing the bells today in Thrybergh, well you will find the answer to that at

A very informative site on local bellringers run by Iain Scott, with updates on events in the area. Just click on the graphic to visit the site.


To visit the Thrybergh page of this site click here

Thrybergh Bellringers




Many thanks to Mollie Uttley, the Foster family, and Iain Scott


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