The Ancient
Society of
College
Youths
Est. 1637

Landmarks in the History of the Society

1637 – 5th Nov
The Society was founded. William Lord Brereton served as the first Master.Stone carving of Lord Brereton in Brereton Hall (part of a mantlepiece).Stone carving of Lord Brereton in Brereton Hall (part of a mantlepiece).
c.1642
The Society rang "a plain six-score on five bells".
c.1650
Robert Roan (Master in 1652) invented Grandsire Doubles and Bob Minor.
1668
Tintinnalogia published, dedicated to "the Noble Society of Colledge-Youths".
1677
Campanologia published, containing Stedman's Principle.
1684 – 18th Nov
Three 720s rung consecutively on the back six bells at Southwark.
1690 – 7th Jan
"The whole peal of Plain Bob Triples" believed to have been rung at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate.
1725 – 19th Jan
The first peal on 12-bells was rung - 5060 Grandsire Cinques at St Bride's, Fleet Street.St BrideSt Bride's, Fleet Street
1725 – 26th Apr
The first ever peal of Bob Major was rung - at St Bride's, Fleet Street.
1725 – 22nd Nov
The first ever peal of Bob Royal was rung - St Bride's, Fleet Street.
1726 – 26th Feb
The first ever peal of Maximus was rung - Plain Bob at St Bride's Fleet Street.
1728 – 18th May
10,080 Bob Major was rung at St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey. This was the longest peal to date.
1758 – 12th Mar
The first peal of Treble Bob Maximus was rung - at St Saviour's, Southwark.
1762 – 14th Apr
10,188 Grandsire Caters was rung at West Ham.All Saints, West HamAll Saints, West Ham
1777 – 19th May
11,080 Oxford Treble Bob Royal was rung at St Leonard's, Shoreditch.ShoreditchShoreditch
1787
The first peal of Stedman Caters was rung - at St John's, Horsleydown.
1788 – 6th Oct
The first peal of Stedman Cinques was rung - at St Martin-in-the-Fields.St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar SquareSt Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square
1851 – 31st Jan
The first non-conducted peal (Holt's 10-part Grandsire Triples) was rung at Christ Church, Spitalfields.Christ Church, SpitalfieldsChrist Church, Spitalfields
1854 – 21st Jan
First handbell peal of Stedman Triples.
1861 – 27th Apr
A record length of 8580 Stedman Cinques was rung - at St Michael's, Cornhill.
1868 – 27th Apr
The longest peal to date was rung - 15,840 Kent Treble Bob Major at Bethnal Green.St MatthewSt Matthew's, Bethnal Green as it looked then
1878 – 1st Nov
The new ring of 12-bell at St Paul's Cathedral were opened by the College Youths.St PaulSt Paul's
1881 – 10th Dec
The first peal was rung at St Paul's Cathedral - Stedman Cinques.
1883 – 8th Dec
A record length of 11,111 Stedman Caters was rung at All Saint's, Fulham.All SaintAll Saint's. Fulham
1890 – 7th Apr
First peal on the 12 bells at St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside.St Mary-le-BowSt Mary-le-Bow
1896 – 28th Nov
The tenor at St Paul's Cathedral was turned in single-handed to 5088 Kent Treble Bob Maximus - the heaviest bell so rung at the time.
1901 – 26th Jun
The first peal of Surprise (Superlative) on handbells.
1907 – 11th Nov
The first peal of London S. Royal was rung - at St Dunstan's, Stepney.St DunstanSt Dunstan's, Stepney
1911 – 28th Jan
The first peal of Cambridge S. Maximus outide Ipswich was rung - at St Michael's, Cornhill.St Michael, CornhillSt Michael, Cornhill
1913 – 22nd Feb.
The first silent peal of Stedman Cinques was rung - at St Michael's, Cornhill.
1922 – 22nd Apr
The longest length rung by one set of ringers was rung at St Laurence's, Appleton, 21,363 Stedman Caters.St Laurence, AppletonSt Laurence, Appleton
1923 – 21st May
12,675 Stedman Cinques was rung at Southwark Cathedral. This regrettably turned out to be false.
1925 – 7th Feb
The first peal of Surprise was rung at St Paul's Cathedral - 5280 Cambridge S. Maximus.
1937 – 6th Nov
The 300th Anniversary Dinner was held at the Cannon Street Hotel where 418 people attended.
1940 – 21st Nov
"The Coffee Pot" (the Society's headquarters) was destroyed in an air raid. Much of the College Youths' property was lost.
1957 – 18th May
The first College Youths Peal Day.
1966 – 13th Aug
Liverpool Cathedral Tenor was turned in single-handed to Cambridge S. Maximus - the heaviest bell to be turned in in this way.
1977 – 12th Jun
The record length of 12,345 Stedman Cinques was rung on handbells.
1977 – 27th Nov
The record length of 14,144 London S. Major was rung on handbells.
1977 – 27th Dec
The record length of 40,320 Plain Bob Major was rung on handbells.
1978 – 23rd Jun
The record length of 10,032 Lincolnshire S. Maximus was rung at the Waterloo Tower, Quex Park.The Waterloo Tower, Quex ParkThe Waterloo Tower, Quex Park
1978 – 28th Oct
The record length on more than 8-bells was rung at St Laurence, Appleton - 22,899 Stedman Caters.
1980 – 25th Aug
The record length of 13,968 Spliced Surprise Maximus was rung at Bradford Cathedral.Bradford CathedralBradford Cathedral
1980 – 12th Dec
10,080 Stedman Triples was rung silent at Holy Trinity, Meldreth (Noonan's composition followed by Slack's)Holy Trinity, MeldrethHoly Trinity, Meldreth
1983 – 14th Jun
The Society rang its first peal abroad - Stedman Triples at St Phillip's, Sydney, NSW.
1985
The Society restored and augmented the 10 bells at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate to 12.St Sepulchre-without-NewgateSt Sepulchre-without-Newgate
1987 – 25th Apr
The heaviest peal of minor was rung - Cambridge S. Minor on the back 6 bells of Southwark Cathedral.
1987 – 7th Nov
The 350th anniversary dinner was held at the Porter Tun Room, The Brewery, Chiswell Street.
1998
The Society elected to admit women into its membership.
2002 – 23rd Nov
The record length of 25,560 London S Royal No. 3 was rung on handbells.2002 band and composer2002 band and composer
2004 – 2nd Oct
The Society regained the record for the longest peal ever rung: 50,400 TD Minor on handbells.2004 band2004 band
2007 – 6th May
The same band break their own record with 72,000 TD Minor on handbells.