Catalogue of Bell Ringing Badges and Medals

Cumberland Change Ringers 1904


This catalogue is based firmly on the work of Chris Ridley. In 2002 he published a catalogue in paper form and updated it the following year. This revised edition was subsequently placed on the Library Committee web site of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers as an online catalogue in May 2005. In 2008 Chris published a second edition of the printed catalogue, considerably enlarged by the addition of numerous additional badges. The current online version has added still more examples. It represents an attempt to list all known bell ringing badges that have been produced. Illustrations, where available, are shown, with accompanying notes to describe the composition, size and other details of the badge. The information collected is far from complete. The Library Steward would therefore welcome any corrections or additional facts that can be added at

Further information about the history and development of the badge collection may be found here.

It is not easy to distinguish between the various metals used to cast badges, Consequently, unless a badge is marked as of gold or silver, only ‘brass’ and ‘chrome’ are used to describe the finished appearance. The four common types of fastening are shown below.


Early buttonhole

Later buttonhole
or Horseshoe

Brooch or Pin

Stud or Butterfly

Throughout the catalogue ‘CC’ next to an image indicates that an example of the item is held in the Central Council collection and ‘TW’ indicates one held in the Tim Wooding collection. To save space, Associations, Guilds and Societies are referred to throughout by the common abbreviated form of their title.

Index — Membership badges

Jump to:   Early nationwide   Territorial   Tower   Non-territorial   Professional   University  . . .  Specials

Early nationwide badges

Church Agency - Badges for Bell Ringers
Coldwell, Geo H - New Ringers' Badge of Medal
Comber, J - Badge of the Craft
Crystal Palace Empire Festival – Ringers' Badge
Potts & Sons - Ringers' Badges
Stacey, Geo. - The Ringer's Pendant and The Ringer's Badge

Territorial Associations, Guilds and Societies

Australian and New Zealand Association
Barnsley and District Society
Bath and Wells Diocesan Association
Bedfordshire Association
Beverley and District Society
Carlisle Diocesan Guild
Chester Diocesan Guild
Coventry Diocesan Guild
Cumberland Association - see Carlisle Diocesan Guild
Derby Diocesan Association
Devon Association of Ringers
Devonshire Ringers, The Guild of
Doncaster and District Society
Dorset County Association
Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Association
East Cornwall Bell Ringers' Association
East Derbyshire and West Nottinghamshire Association
East Grinstead and District Guild
Ely Diocesan Association
Essex Association
Four Shires Guild
Framland Ringers, Society of
Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association
Guildford Diocesan Association
Hartland Deanery Guild
Hereford Diocesan Guild
Hertford County Association
Irish Association
Kent County Association
Lancashire Association
Leicester Diocesan Guild
Lichfield and Walsall Archdeaconries Society
Lincoln Diocesan Guild
Llandaff and Monmouth Diocesan Association
London County Association
Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Midland Counties Association
New South Wales Association - see ANZAB
North American Guild
North Staffordshire Association
North Wales Association
Norwich Diocesan Association
Oxford Diocesan Guild
Peterborough Diocesan Guild
Rhodesian Guild - see Zimbabwe
St David‘s Diocesan Guild
Salisbury Diocesan Guild
Scottish Association
Shropshire Association
South African Guild
South Derbyshire and North Leicestershire Association
Southwell and Nottingham Diocesan Guild
Stafford Archdeaconry Society – see Lichfield
Suffolk Guild
Surrey Association
Sussex County Association
Swansea and Brecon Diocesan Guild
Tamar Valley Guild
Torridge Valley Guild
Truro Diocesan Guild
West Anglia Guild
Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Worcestershire and Districts Association
Yorkshire Association
Zimbabwe Guild

Individual Tower Societies

Aldrington, Sussex
Allesley, West Midlands
Bristol Cathedral School Ringing Society
Dublin, St George
Llandudno, Holy Trinity
Old St Paul's Guild, Wellington, New Zealand
Overton Campanile, Hampshire
Ripon Cathedral Ringers Society
Rotherfield, Sussex
St Mary's Cathedral Society, Edinburgh
St Paul's Cathedral Society, Melbourne, Australia
Wellington Cathedral Society, New Zealand
Windsor Castle, St George's Ringers

Non Territorial Associations, Guilds and Societies

Ladies' Guild
Royal Cumberland Youths, Society of
Saint Agatha, Guild of - Catholic Association
St Martin's Guild
Social Evening Ringers Society
Young Change Ringers Association

Professional Guilds

Fire Service Guild
Medical Ringers, Guild of
Police Ringers, National Guild of
Post and Telecom Ringers' Guild
Royal Air Force Guild
Royal Naval Guild

University Guilds and Societies

Cambridge University Guild
Durham University Society
Edinburgh University Guild
Liverpool Universities Society
Manchester University Guild
Open University Society
Oxford University Society
Welsh Colleges Society

Index — Specials

Jump to:   Handbell   Training scheme   Scout & Guide   Peal performance   Miscellaneous   No image

Handbell Badges

Handbell Ringers of Great Britain
Yorkshire Handbell Ringers' Association
Tong Carnival Contest

Training Scheme Badges

Association of Ringing Teachers - Learning the Ropes Scheme
Essex Association Ringing Course
Guildford Diocesan Guild - Training Scheme Badges

Boy Scout and Girl Guide Badges

Boy Scout Badges
Girl Guide Badges

Peal Performance Badges

Peal Medallions
Central Northamptonshire Association - 100 Peals Medal
Northamptonshire Stedman Doubles Peal Band Medal

Miscellaneous Badges

Ancient Society of College Youths
Associazione Suonatori di Campane a Sistema Veronese
Bells Dedication Medallions and Souvenir Medals
Bell Ringers' Car Badges
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
Cumberland Association - Ringing Contest Medals
Gordon, Andrew - Bell Jewellery
Loughborough Bellfoundry Museum
Masonic Jewel
Miscellaneous Badges
National Ringing Events
Presentation Medallions

And finally . . . Badges known only from written accounts

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