8th May 2016

Prolific Peal Ringers

For three centuries, the peal has been the “gold standard” ringing performance and ringing peals has ranked high among the aspirations of leading ringers. The records of peals are more complete than for any other ringing, making them an important indicator of ringing activity.

Peal ringing grew erratically during the 18th and early 19th centuries and then grew much more strongly from the 1870s, rising more or less continually to the current level of around 5,000 peals per year (apart from wartime dips). The first person to ring 1,000 peals did so in 1905, since when increasing numbers of ringers have done so, with some going on to ring 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and even 7,000.

Bill Butler was a consultant to the Biographies Committee, and has researched the lives of ringers who have rung 1,000 or more peals.  His articles are published are published progressively in The Ringing World. Those listed below have already been published – more will follow.

They are presently listed in alphabetical order; in due course this list will be presented in the order in which they completed their first 1,000 peals.

Audsley, Herbert Ernest
Ballard, Alfred (see also entry in Biographical records)
Barrett, Henry William John (see also entry in Biographical records)
Bennett, Frank (see also entry in Biographical records)
Bennett, James
Border, Peter (see also entry in Biographical records)
Cannon, Arthur Patrick (see also entry in Biographical records)
Cheesman, John Herbert (see also entry in Biographical records)
Coles, Charles Thomas (see also entry in Biographical records)
Cotton, Joseph William (see also entry in Biographical records)
Critchley, George William (Bill) (see also entry in Biographical records)
Davis, James Edward
Fearn, George Ernest (see also entry in Biographical records)
Fellows, Michael John (see also entry in Biographical records)
Fussell, William Herbert
George, James (see also entry in Biographical records)
Golden, Frank Nolan (see also entry in Biographical records)
Goodman, Norman Jesse
Hart, Keith (see also entry in Biographical records)
Jenkins, Edward
Lewis, Cyril Kenneth (see also entry in Biographical records)
Lock, Thomas Joseph (see also entry in Biographical records)
Millhouse, Jack Leonard (see also entry in Biographical records)
Moreton, Wilfrid Farrington (see also entry in Biographical records)
Morris, Ernest (see also entry in Biographical records)
Pearson, Arthur Vaughan
Pink, Alan Roy
Poole, Harold Joseph (see also entry in Biographical records)
Pulling, Alfred Henry (see also entry in Biographical records)
Pye, Ernest
Pye, George Robert (see also entry in Biographical records)
Pye, William (see also entry in Biographical records)
Roberts, Charles William (see also entry in Biographical records)
Robinson, Francis Edward (see also entry in Biographical records)
Shade, Isaac George
Staniforth, Peter John (see also entry in Biographical records)
Thomas, John
Thorley, James Martin
Warwick, Brian Geoffrey (see also entry in Biographical records)
Williams, George (see also entry in Biographical records)
Williams, Wilfrid (see also entry in Biographical records)
Woolley, Christopher Weldon (see also entry in Biographical records)
Worth, John (see also entry in Biographical records)

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