Historical Notes on Ringing for the Departed (by Derek Jackson)

Our Guild was started on 20th June 1878 by two clergymen. Revs. Rev. Arthur du Boulay Hill and Rev. F.T. Madge. Both were ringers at Winchester Cathedral and both were Masters at Winchester College. The former was much more active and was appointed as the Guild’s first Secretary.

He travelled to most areas of Hampshire at a time when one either rode a horse or travelled in a coach pulled by a horse. Using the latter he increased membership from just seven towers to nearly 50, visiting many unlit bell chambers to record by candlelight important and historical detail. All of this is recorded, using pen and ink, in his notebook which can be viewed in Winchester Record Office.

I noted recently the following details about the Guild tradition in 1878 when ringing for the departed:-
Either, 3 strokes on each bell,
using bells 1 to 8 for a male.
Using bells 1 to 7 for a female
Using bells 1 to 6 for a child.
Or,7 strokes on any one bell for a male
6 strokes on any one bell for a female.
5 strokes on any one bell for a child.

Hope you find this interesting.
Derek

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