Peals. Next Peal Thursday 27th April 10.30am
Peal Total for Ecclesfield = 125
We welcome applications from teams of ringers who want to ring peals or quarter peals at St Mary's. Please contact us by e-mail at: email@example.com to make a booking.
A peal is a change ringing method rung to 5000 or more changes. At Ecclesfield the average time it takes to ring 5000 changes on all 10 bells is about 3 hours 5 minutes. It is possible to ring a Peal on 6 instead of 8 or 10 bells and this has taken place sometimes. On 6 bells the maximum number of changes possible (the extent) is 720 so the 720 must be rung 7 times to give 5040 changes.
- The extent on 7 is 5040
- The extent on 8 is 40,320
- The extent on 9 is 362,880
- The extent on 10 is 3,628,800
The rules for a Peal include; no change must be repeated, each ringer must ring the same bell continuously all the way through, no help to be given to the ringers by anyone not ringing, no use of memory aids is permitted, it will start and end in rounds and not have stopped at any point.
The earliest record of a peal at Ecclesfield is one rung on 6 bells on 15th May 1843.
The second earliest recorded peal was rung on 8 bells on 28th May 1845. The number of bells in the tower was increased from 6 to 8 in 1845. This was the first peal on the 8 bells and was reported in the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent, (24.v.45).
The Peal Board Recording the Last Peal on the Eight and First on the Ten
The last Peal on the eight bells before augmentation and refurbishment was rung on 5th September 2011 which was 166 years after the first, more information.
The first Peal on the recently remodelled and augmented 10 bells was rung on the morning of Saturday 18th February 2012. More information
The 100th peal was rung on the morning of 24th November 2012.
Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers Record Peals
On Sunday 13th December 2015 members of the YACR rang a peal at Ecclesfield which contained 84 methods, the most Spliced Surprise Royal methods rung to a peal for the YACR and by all the band. Details of the peal on bellboard.........................
On Sunday 13th March 2016 the record was broken again, this time 126 methods. Details and photo on bellboard
Stone Peal Record in the Tower
A carved stone tablet on the wall of the ringing chamber records a peal rung in 1850. The Tenor weight shown is wrong, the Tenor at this time actually weighed 14.3.16.
The carved stone on the ringing chamber wall.
The total number of peals rung at Ecclesfield now stands at 125. Most of these have been rung by members of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers (YACR). The Ringers at St Mary's are members of the Sheffield Branch of the YACR.
A database of peals rung at Ecclesfield and all other towers can be viewed by using this link to the Felstead Peal Database.
Peals have been rung to celebrate the following events:
- Royal Occasions
- The 90th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen
- To commemorate events
- Ringers first peal
- Visiting ringers on tour
- In memory of
- To celebrate the life of
- Last on the bells
- First on the new augmented bells
- First peal in the method
- Record number of methods to a Peal
Ringers also ring peals as a personal and team challenge to test their mental and physical powers by ringing methods to at least 5000 changes. A peal cannot be counted if something happens that causes it to stop, go badly wrong, a change is repeated, or the ringers lose their place in the method. Some other reasons for a lost peal are, illness, ropes breaking, faults with the bells, conducting faults, everyone goes wrong, the method is false and there are many others. Peals have occasionally been lost through someone coming in to the tower, talking to and distracting the ringers. For this reason, ringers will sometimes lock themselves into the tower for the duration of the peal attempt.
Recording the Achievement
Both peals and quarter peals are published in the weekly ringers magazine - 'The Ringing World'. This is a national publication that has news about all things bell ringing. It is taken by many ringers and a copy can be found in most towers. The Ringing World lists the tower at which the peal or quarter or peal was rung, who rang the bells and the reason for doing it. It is a way of recording your achievement for posterity.
Peals and Quarter Peal Applications
We welcome any requests from visiting bands of ringers who want to ring peals or quarter peals at St Mary's. Please contact us by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.