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Gallery of 19th Century Ringers

(taken from the Archives of the ASCY)

John Bannister John Bannister
Woolwich
 
William Bannister William Bannister
Woolwich
booth_wh.jpg (5149 bytes) W. Henry Booth
Bethnal Green
Rang in the record peal of 15,840 Kent T.B.Major at Bethnal Green on 27th Apr. 1868.
William Burkin William Burkin
Master 1894-6
Ezra Carter Ezra Carter
Bocking, Essex
Worked as a river pilot and was one of the original members of the St Paul's Cathedral band.
William Cockerill William T. Cockerill
Secretary 1892 - 1937
Born in 1860 in Frodingham, Yorkshire, he came to London as a school teacher and eventually became Headmaster of Holy Trinity School near Vauxhall Bridge. He learned to ring at St Mary's Lambeth and St John's, Waterloo.
wpe91.jpg (3504 bytes) William Cooter
Shadwell
Master 1857. Secretary 1849/50.
Leading conductor who conducted the first peal of Stedman Triples on handbells at the Whittington & Cat, Bethnal Green on 21st Jan. 1854. He rang in the 1st peal of Stedman Cinques in hand as well as the record peal of 15,840 Kent T.B.Major at Bethnal Green on 27th Apr. 1868. He took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral.
Rev C D P Davies Rev'd C. D. P. Davies
Notable composer.
Francis Dawe Francis E. Dawe
Master 1888-20, 91-93
Rang in the 11,111 at Fulham and was the first Secretary of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.
wpe9D.jpg (4411 bytes) George Dorrington
Tottenham
Master 1877
Took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral.
wpe8B.jpg (4541 bytes) James Dwight
Stepney
Master 1850 & 1858
Born in 1816, a wheelwright by trade. Joined the College Youths in 1847. A notable heavy bell ringer who rang the tenor to the record length of 8580 Stedman Cinques at Cornhill on 27th Apr. 1861. He also rang in the first peals of Stedman Triples (21st Jan. 1854 by the ASCY) and Cinques (20th Feb 1854 by the St James' Society) on handbells. Took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral.
wpe73.jpg (5000 bytes) Rev'd Henry T. Ellacombe, M.A., F.A.S.
Clyst St George, Devon
wpeA7.jpg (4375 bytes) Henry E. Elliott
Baltimore, U.S.
George Ferris George E. Ferris
Bow, Middx
Rang in the first peal of Stedman Caters in hand (at Spitalfields (later found to be false), and the first handbell peals of Stedman Triples and Cinques. He stood in the 8580 peal at Cornhill and took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral.
wpeA2.jpg (4574 bytes) Sir Henry Bartle Frere, K.C.B., K.C.G.S.J.
Born on 29th March, 1815, one of 14 children of Edward Frere. He was the grandson of John Frer, MP for Norwich, and his uncle was John Hookham Frere, British Ambassador to Portugal & Junta Spain during the Peninsula Wars. Another uncle was William Frer, Master of Downing College, Cambridge. Bartle Frere entered the Bombay Civil Service in 1834 and by 1862 had become the confidential adviser to the Governor of Bombay. In 1872 he was sent to Zanzibar to negotiate the suppression of the slave trade, and to this day there is a village near Mombasa named Freretown after him. In 1876 he was made GCB and a baronet, and in 1877 became Governor of the Cape and First High Commissioner of South Africa, and was involved in the Zulu wars of 1879. He died on 29th May, 1884 and is buried in St Paul's Cathedral
William Garrard

William E. Garrard
Master 1922

 

Edwin Gibbs Edwin Gibbs
Master 1882
Rang in the 11,111 at Fulham and the first peal at St Mary-le-Bow.
wpeA1.jpg (3714 bytes) William Greenleaf
Hackney
Master 1875, 1883
He took part in the record peal of 11,111 Stedman Caters at Fulham on 8th Dec. 1883.
wpe80.jpg (5404 bytes) James Robert Haworth
City of London
Master 1851
Joined the College Youths in 1839, being a pupil of George Stockham at St Clement Danes. rang in the first peal of Treble Bob Royal, on 1st Oct. 1840 at Holy Trinity, Newington as well as the record peal of 8580 Stedman Cinques at Cornhill on 27th April, 1861. He was a paid instructor for the Dundee band for 3 months in 1873 and kept meticulous ringing records giving us the best picture of the College Youths and ringing at the time.
wpe8C.jpg (4953 bytes) E. Langdon
Bethnal Green
wpe81.jpg (5683 bytes) Edward G. Lansdell
Southwark
Master 1860
Joined the Ancient Society in 1840 from the Junior Society. Rang in the first peal of Treble Bob Major at St James', Bermondsey on 30th Dec. 1841. He worked in the Hop Markets.
wpe9C.jpg (4511 bytes) Henry Haley
Bethnal Green
The son of Henry William Haley. He took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral.
wpe90.jpg (3630 bytes) Henry W. Haley
Bethnal Green
Master 1873
Born in 1819, he joined the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths in 1840, becoming Master in 1851 before resigning to join the ASCY in 1854. He rang in the first peal of Stedman Triples on handbells on 19th Dec. 1853 for the Cumberlands, although this peal was judged to be inadmissible owing to shifted bells, giving that honour to the ASCY a month later. He worked as a handbell tuner with John Warner & Sons Ltd. A leading composer and conductor, he conducted the first peal of Stedman Cinques in hand (20th Feb. 1854 for the St James' Society), the record peal of 8580 Stedman Cinques at Cornhill on 27th Apr. 1861, and the longest ever peal at that time, 15,840 Kent T.B.Major at Bethnal Green on 27th Apr. 1868. He took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral.
George Harrison George Harrison
Woolwich
Secretary 1870/71
wpe99.jpg (5283 bytes) John Murray Hayes
Barking, Essex
Master 1876
Born in 1841, he rang in the record peal of 15,840 Kent T.B.Major at Bethnal Green on 27th Apr. 1868 and the record peal of 11,111 Stedman Caters at Fulham on 8th Dec. 1883. He took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral.
wpe9B.jpg (4134 bytes) Sir Arthur Percival Heywood
Southwark
Founder of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.

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Richard Hopkins
Oxburgh, Norfolk
Rang in the record peal of 15,840 Kent T.B.Major at Bethnal Green on 27th Apr. 1868.
wpe97.jpg (4567 bytes) Edwin Horrex
Ipswich
Master 1869.
Born in 1838. He rang in the record peal of 15,840 Kent T.B.Major at Bethnal Green on 27th Apr. 1868 and the record peal of 11,111 Stedman Caters at Fulham on 8th Dec. 1883. He took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral.
wpeA6.jpg (8359 bytes) Henry Johnson
Birmingham
Prominent Birmingham ringer and founder of the St Marint's Guild. He is commemorated at a popular dinner every year in Birmingham.
wpeA5.jpg (4518 bytes) Walter Jones
Stepney
Master 1881
He took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral.
truss_w and joyce_j.jpg (42978 bytes) William Truss (left) and James Joyce
William has his name on a peal board at St Paul's Cathedral. James Joyce was uncle to Samuel E. Joyce, a Past Master. (Photo thanks to Ann Still.)
 
Thomas Langdon Thomas Langdon
(Pictured here aged 15
in 1890)
One of the St George's, Southwark band
wpe8E.jpg (5452 bytes) George Mash
Southwark
Master 1866, 1867
Took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral. Rang in the record peal of 11,111 Stedman Caters at Fulham on 8th Dec. 1883.
George McLaughlin George T McLaughlin
Master 1886
Taught to ring at St Stephen's, Rochester Row, Westminster. Rang in the first silent peal of Holt's Original in hand.
wJohn Mitchell John C. Mitchell
Rang in the first silent peal of Holt's Original in hand.
wpe8D.jpg (4163 bytes) George Muskett
City of London
Master 1864. Secretary 1866/67, 1871 or 2 - 1887.
Joined in 1856. Rang in the record peal of 8580 Stedman Cinques at Cornhill on 27th Apr. 1861. Took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral.
wpe92.jpg (5415 bytes) James Pettit
Hackney
Master 1872. Treasurer 1881 - 1901.
Conductor of St Paul's Cathedral 1878 - 1911.
Born in 1834, he was a silk hat maker. He rang in the record peal of 15,840 Kent T.B.Major at Bethnal Green on 27th Apr. 1868. He was the first conductor at St Paul's Cathedral, calling the 1st peal there on 10th Dec. 1881. He also called the record peal of 11,111 Stedman Caters at Fulham on 8th Dec. 1883.
wpe87.jpg (5336 bytes) Rev'd J. J. Raven, B. D.
Great Yarmouth
wpe88.jpg (4566 bytes) Rev'd F. E. Robinson
Drayton, Oxon
Distinquished and prolific conductor of Stedman
wpeA4.jpg (3797 bytes) Jasper Whtifield Snowdon
Ilkley
William D Smith William D. Smith
Hackney
Master 1903, 1904
William Tanner William Tanner
Stepney
Master 1880
Took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral.
wpe7D.jpg (6252 bytes) H. R. Trelawney
Harewood Park, Tavistock, Devon
wpe77.jpg (4681 bytes) Charles A. W. Troyte
Huntsham Court, North Devon
J. E. Troyte,
Christ Church, Oxford, 1875
Founder of the Oxford University Society of Change Ringers in 1872.
truss_w and joyce_j.jpg (42978 bytes) William Truss (left) and James Joyce
William has his name on a peal board at St Paul's Cathedral. James Joyce was uncle to Samuel E. Joyce, a Past Master. (Photo thanks to Ann Still.)
 
wpe98.jpg (5638 bytes) Matthew Alfred Wood
Bethnal Green
Master 1859, 1859. Treasurer 1866/7, 1870/1, 1874/5
Born in 1826, he lived all his life in Bethnal Green. He was the grandson of Francis Wood, a descendent of one of the many Huguenots who fled to England  from France. Francis was a notable ringer in the Cumberlands, and Matthew's father was also a ringer. He started life as a weaver and later in the hop market. He rang in the first peal of Stedman Triples in hand on 21st Jan. 1854 and Cinques (20th Feb 1854 by the St James' Society). He rang in the record length of 8580 Stedman Cinques at Cornhill on 27th Apr. 1861. and the record peal of 15,840 Kent T.B.Major at Bethnal Green on 27th Apr. 1868. He took part in the opening ringing at St Paul's Cathedral. He died in 1912 having rung 380 peals.

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