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Quarter Peals

For each performance, following the tower's name and location are given the number of bells in the tower and the weight and strike note of the Tenor (the heaviest bell in the ring). Where the exact weight of the Tenor is known it is given in the traditional way using the British imperial units of Hundredweight, Quarters and Pounds (cwt-qtr-lb) in which there are 28 pounds in a quarter, four quarters in a hundredweight, and 20 hundredweight in a ton (one hundredweight is approximately equal to 50.8 kilograms); otherwise it is estimated to the nearest quarter of a hundredweight.

If not all of the bells in the tower were used for a particular performance – such as when ringing six bells at an eight-bell tower – it should be assumed that the ringing took place on the heaviest or "back" bells, unless the footnote to the performance states otherwise.

Note that my own name appears in bold text for no other reason than to make it easier to spot.

213. Sunday, 18th October 2015
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1259 changes of Grandsire Caters in 51½ minutes.

  1. Richard W Sweet
  2. Fiona A Hartley
  3. Phillip A Butler
  4. R William Willans
  5. Maggie F Willans
  6. John J Bissell
  7. Roger W Haynes
  8. Martin S Pearson
  9. Michael W Day
  10. Matthew J Butler

Conducted by R William Willans.

Composed by William T Elson.

Rung before Evening Service in memory of Mike Amphlett, ringer and churchwarden at Bath Abbey.

Personal note: To my knowledge, this is my only bell ringing performance – Peal, Half Peal, Quarter Peal, or indeed anything else – for which a professionally signwritten peal board has been produced. Made by Maggie Willans, who also rang in this Quarter Peal, it's pictured here laying on a table in the Ringing Room at the Abbey shortly after delivery, and before being fixed onto the wall alongside others dating back hundreds of years.

Signwritten 'peal board' for the quarter peal at Bath Abbey on 18th October 2015 - click for the full-size version