2nd March 2016

Library Committee Online Publications

The Library Committee makes available below various publications of interest to ringing historians and collectors of ringing books. Copyright of the images is held by the CCCBR but they may be downloaded for personal use.

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The committee would welcome comments on what is available and possible future developments.

The indexes to Campanology and The Bellringer now have a point-and-click facility, thanks to Tony Smith.

Church Bells

Church Bells was a weekly paper for church folk, published towards the end of Victoria’s reign. The first edition appeared on New Year’s Eve, 1870 and it came out regularly until August 25th 1906. The paper began with Reverend John Erskine Clarke (1827 – 1920) as proprietor and editor.

From the very beginning the contents included a column on bells and bell-ringing under the direction of Revd H T Ellacombe. This proved successful and the column was extended to a full page and included contributions by many of the leading ringers of the time. Only one issue out of 1861 did not contain the news of bells and bell-ringing. The section remained under the nominal control of Ellacombe until his death in 1885, but Ellacombe’s remoteness from the main centres of change-ringing led Erskine Clarke, in about 1878, to invite Harvey Reeves to look after it. When Reeves moved on to start The Bell News and Ringers’ Record in February 1881, he was succeeded by James Robert Haworth, who continued to edit the page until about 1895.

In 2014 the John Taylor Bellfoundry Museum (and the Board of Bell Foundry Collections Ltd) kindly lent their almost complete set of Church Bells to the CCCBR Library Committee to allow all the material relating to bells and bell-ringing to be scanned and made available online. Making it possible for the scans to be made while the volumes were disbound greatly assisted the undertaking of the project and helped to ensure the best possible quality of the images.

The assistance of The Bodleian Libraries, The University of Oxford, is acknowledged for the provision of scans of the following pages: Shelfmark: N.1126 c.13.
Vol.22, Issue No.1093 (4th December 1891) pp.16,18; Issue No.1094 (11th December 1891) pp.37,38,40; Issue No.1095 (18th December 1891) p.62; Issue No.1096 (24th December 1891) pp.80,82.
Vol.24, Issue No.1201 (29th December 1893) pp.80,81; Issue No.1224 (8th June 1894) p.518; Issue No.1239 (21st September 1894) p.824.
Vol.25, Issue No.1260 (15th February 1895) pp.225,226.
Vol.30, Issue No.1514 (29th December 1899) pp.122,124.
Vol.31, Issue No.1566 (28th December 1900) pp.99,100.
Vol.35, Issue No.1788 (31st March 1905), p.376.

‘Bells and Bell Ringing’ columns
Vol 1. 31/12/1870 – 25/11/1871
Vol 2. 02/12/1871 – 23/11/1872
Vol 3. 30/11/1872 – 29/11/1873
Vol 4. 06/12/1873 – 28/11/1874
Vol 5. 05/12/1874 – 27/11/1875
Vol 6. 04/12/1875 – 25/11/1876
Vol 7. 02/12/1876 – 01/12/1877
Vol 8. 08/12/1877 – 30/11/1878
Vol 9. 07/12/1878 – 29/11/1879
Vol 10. 06/12/1879 – 27/11/1880
Vol 11. 04/12/1880 – 26/11/1881
Vol 12. 03/12/1881 – 02/12/1882
Vol 13. 09/12/1882 – 01/12/1883
Vol 14. 08/12/1883 – 29/11/1884
Vol 15. 05/12/1884 – 27/11/1885
Vol 16. 04/12/1885 – 26/11/1886
Vol 17. 03/12/1886 – 25/11/1887
Vol 18. 02/12/1887 – 30/11/1888
Vol 19. 07/12/1888 – 29/11/1889
Vol 20. 06/12/1889 – 28/11/1890
Vol 21. 05/12/1890 – 27/11/1891
Vol 22. 04/12/1891 – 25/11/1892
Vol 23. 02/12/1892 – 01/12/1893
Vol 24. 08/12/1893 – 30/11/1894
Vol 25. 07/12/1894 – 30/08/1895
Vol 26. 06/09/1895 – 27/11/1896
Vol 27. 04/12/1896 – 26/11/1897
Vol 28. 03/12/1897 – 25/11/1898
Vol 29. 02/12/1898 – 24/11/1899
Vol 30. 01/12/1899 – 30/11/1900
Vol 31. 07/12/1900 – 29/11/1901
Vol 32. 06/12/1901 – 28/11/1902
Vol 33. 05/12/1902 – 27/11/1903
Vol 34. 04/12/1903 – 25/11/1904
Vol 35. 02/12/1904 – 01/12/1905
Vol 36. 08/12/1905 – 25/08/1906
Other bell and ringing related sections (use bookmarks within documents for navigation)
Book Reviews
Famous Ringers, Biographies and Obituaries
Fiction
Notes, Queries and Correspondence

Bell News

Bell News was the first journal solely devoted to ringing. It appeared monthly from February 1881 until April 1882 and then weekly until 25 December 1915. Early issues can be accessed below and further issues will be added in due course.

Note that when using the index, which uses ‘Year/Page No’ references, some references can occur in two volumes. For example ’83/317′ to ’83/420′ occur in both Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Index
Volume 1 (First Series)
No 1. February 1881, pp 1-8
No 2. March 1881, pp 9-16
No 3. April 1881, pp 17-24
No 4. May 1881, pp 25-32
No 5. June 1881, pp 33-40
No 6. July 1881, pp 41-48
No 7. August 1881, pp 49-56
No 8. September 1881, pp 57-64
No 9. October 1881, pp 65-72
No 10. November 1881, pp 73-80
No 11. December 1881, pp 81-88
No 12. January 1882, pp 89-96
No 13. February 1882, pp 97-104
No 14. March 1882, pp 105-112
No 15. April 1882, pp 113-120
Volume 1 (New Series)
No 1. 08/04/1882, pp 1-8
No 2. 15/04/1882, pp 9-16
No 3. 22/04/1882, pp 17-24
No 4. 29/04/1882, pp 25-32
No 5. 06/05/1882, pp 33-40
No 6. 13/05/1882, pp 41-48
No 7. 20/05/1882, pp 49-56
No 8. 27/05/1882, pp 57-64
No 9. 03/06/1882, pp 65-72
No 10. 10/06/1882, pp 73-80
No 11. 17/06/1882, pp 81-88
No 12. 24/06/1882, pp 89-96
No 13. 01/07/1882, pp 97-104
No 14. 08/07/1882, pp 105-112
No 15. 15/07/1882, pp 113-120
No 16. 22/07/1882, pp 121-128
No 17. 29/07/1882, pp 129-136
No 18. 05/08/1882, pp 137-144
No 19. 12/08/1882, pp 145-152
No 20. 19/08/1882, pp 153-160
No 21. 26/08/1882, pp 161-168
No 22. 02/09/1882, pp 169-176
No 23. 09/09/1882, pp 177-184
No 24. 16/09/1882, pp 185-192
No 25. 23/09/1882, pp 193-200
No 26. 30/09/1882, pp 201-208
No 27. 07/10/1882, pp 209-216
No 28. 14/10/1882, pp 217-224
No 29. 21/10/1882, pp 225-232
No 30. 28/10/1882, pp 233-240
No 31. 04/11/1882, pp 241-248
No 32. 11/11/1882, pp 249-256
No 33. 18/11/1882, pp 257-264
No 34. 25/11/1882, pp 265-272
No 35. 02/12/1882, pp 273-280
No 36. 09/12/1882, pp 281-288
No 37. 16/12/1882, pp 289-296
No 38. 23/12/1882, pp 297-308
No 39. 30/12/1882, pp 309-316
No 40. 06/01/1883, pp 317-324
No 41. 13/01/1883, pp 325-332
No 42. 20/01/1883, pp 333-340
No 43. 27/01/1883, pp 341-348
No 44. 03/02/1883, pp 349-356
No 45. 10/02/1883, pp 357-364
No 46. 17/02/1883, pp 365-372
No 47. 24/02/1883, pp 373-380
No 48. 03/03/1883, pp 381-388
No 49. 10/03/1883, pp 389-396
No 50. 17/03/1883, pp 397-404
No 51. 24/03/1883, pp 405-412
No 52. 31/03/1883, pp 413-420
Volume 2
No 53. 07/04/1883, pp 1-12
No 54. 14/04/1883, pp 13-24
No 55. 21/04/1883, pp 25-36
No 56. 28/04/1883, pp 37-48
No 57. 05/05/1883, pp 49-60
No 58. 12/05/1883, pp 61-72
No 59. 19/05/1883, pp 73-84
No 60. 26/05/1883, pp 85-96
No 61. 02/06/1883, pp 97-108
No 62. 09/06/1883, pp 109-120
No 63. 16/06/1883, pp 121-132
No 64. 23/06/1883, pp 133-144
No 65. 30/06/1883, pp 145-156
No 66. 07/07/1883, pp 157-168
No 67. 14/07/1883, pp 169-180
No 68. 21/07/1883, pp 181-192
No 69. 28/07/1883, pp 193-204
No 70. 04/08/1883, pp 205-216
No 71. 11/08/1883, pp 217-228
No 72. 18/08/1883, pp 229-240
No 73. 25/08/1883, pp 241-252
No 74. 01/09/1883, pp 253-264
No 75. 08/09/1883, pp 265-276
No 76. 15/09/1883, pp 277-288
No 77. 22/09/1883, pp 289-300
No 78. 29/09/1883, pp 301-312
No 79. 06/10/1883, pp 313-324
No 80. 13/10/1883, pp 325-336
No 81. 20/10/1883, pp 337-348
No 82. 27/10/1883, pp 349-360
No 83. 03/11/1883, pp 361-372
No 84. 10/11/1883, pp 373-384
No 85. 17/11/1883, pp 385-396
No 86. 24/11/1883, pp 397-408
No 87. 01/12/1883, pp 409-420
No 88. 08/12/1883, pp 421-432
No 89. 15/12/1883, pp 433-444
No 90. 22/12/1883, pp 445-456
No 91. 29/12/1883, pp 457-468
Christmas Supplement. 29/12/1883
No 92. 05/01/1884, pp 469-480
No 93. 12/01/1884, pp 481-492
No 94. 19/01/1884, pp 493-504
No 95. 26/01/1884, pp 505-516
No 96. 02/02/1884, pp 517-528
No 97. 09/02/1884, pp 529-540
No 98. 16/02/1884, pp 541-552
No 99. 23/02/1884, pp 553-564
No 100. 01/03/1884, pp 565-576
No 101. 08/03/1884, pp 577-588
No 102. 15/03/1884, pp 589-600
No 103. 22/03/1884, pp 601-612
No 104. 29/03/1884, pp 613-624
Volume 3
No 105. 05/04/1884, pp 1-12
No 106. 12/04/1884, pp 13-24
No 107. 19/04/1884, pp 25-36
No 108. 26/04/1884, pp 37-48
No 109. 03/05/1884, pp 49-60
No 110. 10/05/1884, pp 61-72
No 111. 17/05/1884, pp 73-84
No 112. 24/05/1884, pp 85-96
No 113. 31/05/1884, pp 97-108
No 114. 07/06/1884, pp 109-120
No 115. 14/06/1884, pp 121-132
No 116. 21/06/1884, pp 133-144
No 117. 28/06/1884, pp 145-156
No 118. 05/07/1884, pp 157-168
No 119. 12/07/1884, pp 169-180
No 120. 19/07/1884, pp 181-192
No 121. 26/07/1884, pp 193-204
No 122. 02/08/1884, pp 205-216
No 123. 09/08/1884, pp 217-228
No 124. 16/08/1884, pp 229-240
No 125. 23/08/1884, pp 241-252
No 126. 30/08/1884, pp 253-264
No 127. 06/09/1884, pp 265-276
No 128. 13/09/1884, pp 277-288
No 129. 20/09/1884, pp 289-300
No 130. 27/09/1884, pp 301-312
No 131. 04/10/1884, pp 313-324
No 132. 11/10/1884, pp 325-336
No 133. 18/10/1884, pp 337-348
No 134. 25/10/1884, pp 349-360
No 135. 01/11/1884, pp 361-372
No 136. 08/11/1884, pp 373-384
No 137. 15/11/1884, pp 385-396
No 138. 22/11/1884, pp 397-408
No 139. 29/11/1884, pp 409-420
No 140. 06/12/1884, pp 421-432
No 141. 13/12/1884, pp 433-444
No 142. 20/12/1884, pp 445-456
No 143. 27/12/1884, pp 457-468
Christmas Supplement. 27/12/1884
No 144. 03/01/1885, pp 469-480
No 145. 10/01/1885, pp 481-492
No 146. 17/01/1885, pp 493-504
No 147. 24/01/1885, pp 505-520
No 148. 31/01/1885, pp 521-532
No 149. 07/02/1885, pp 533-544
No 150. 14/02/1885, pp 545-556
No 151. 21/02/1885, pp 557-568
No 152. 28/02/1885, pp 569-580
No 153. 07/03/1885, pp 581-592
No 154. 14/03/1885, pp 593-604
No 155. 21/03/1885, pp 605-620
No 156. 28/03/1885, pp 621-632
Volume 4
No 157. 04/04/1885, pp 1-8
No 158. 11/04/1885, pp 9-16
No 159. 18/04/1885, pp 17-24
No 160. 25/04/1885, pp 25-32
No 161. 02/05/1885, pp 33-40
No 162. 09/05/1885, pp 41-48
No 163. 16/05/1885, pp 49-56
No 164. 23/05/1885, pp 57-64
No 165. 30/05/1885, pp 65-72
No 166. 06/06/1885, pp 73-80
No 167. 13/06/1885, pp 81-88
No 168. 20/06/1885, pp 89-96
No 169. 27/06/1885, pp 97-104
No 170. 04/07/1885, pp 105-112
No 171. 11/07/1885, pp 113-120
No 172. 18/07/1885, pp 121-128
No 173. 25/07/1885, pp 129-136
No 174. 01/08/1885, pp 137-144
No 175. 08/08/1885, pp 145-152
No 176. 15/08/1885, pp 153-160
No 177. 22/08/1885, pp 161-168
No 178. 29/08/1885, pp 169-176
No 179. 05/09/1885, pp 177-184
No 180. 12/09/1885, pp 185-192
No 181. 19/09/1885, pp 193-200
No 182. 26/09/1885, pp 201-208
No 183. 03/10/1885, pp 209-216
No 184. 10/10/1885, pp 217-224
No 185. 17/10/1885, pp 225-232
No 186. 24/10/1885, pp 233-240
No 187. 31/10/1885, pp 241-248
No 188. 07/11/1885, pp 249-256
No 189. 14/11/1885, pp 257-264
No 190. 21/11/1885, pp 265-272
No 191. 28/11/1885, pp 273-280
No 192. 05/12/1885, pp 281-288
No 193. 12/12/1885, pp 289-296
No 194. 19/12/1885, pp 297-304
No 195. 26/12/1885, pp 305-312
Christmas Supplement. 26/12/1885
No 196. 02/01/1886, pp 313-320
No 197. 09/01/1886, pp 321-328
No 198. 16/01/1886, pp 329-336
No 199. 23/01/1886, pp 337-344
No 200. 30/01/1886, pp 345-352
No 201. 06/02/1886, pp 353-360
No 202. 13/02/1886, pp 361-368
No 203. 20/02/1886, pp 369-380
No 204. 27/02/1886, pp 381-388
No 205. 06/03/1886, pp 389-396
No 206. 13/03/1886, pp 397-404
No 207. 20/03/1886, pp 405-412
No 208. 27/03/1886, pp 413-420
Volume 5
No 209. 03/04/1886, pp 1-8
No 210. 10/04/1886, pp 9-16
No 211. 17/04/1886, pp 17-24
No 212. 24/04/1886, pp 25-32
No 213. 01/05/1886, pp 33-40
No 214. 08/05/1886, pp 41-48
No 215. 15/05/1886, pp 49-56
No 216. 22/05/1886, pp 57-64
No 217. 29/05/1886, pp 65-72
No 218. 05/06/1886, pp 73-80
No 219. 12/06/1886, pp 81-88
No 220. 19/06/1886, pp 89-96
No 221. 26/06/1886, pp 97-104
No 222. 03/07/1886, pp 105-112
No 223. 10/07/1886, pp 113-120
No 224. 17/07/1886, pp 121-128
No 225. 24/07/1886, pp 129-136
No 227. 31/07/1886, pp 137-144
No 228. 07/08/1886, pp 145-152
No 229. 14/08/1886, pp 153-160
No 230. 21/08/1886, pp 161-168
No 231. 28/08/1886, pp 169-176
No 232. 04/09/1886, pp 177-184
No 233. 11/09/1886, pp 185-192
No 234. 18/09/1886, pp 193-200
No 235. 25/09/1886, pp 201-208
No 236. 02/10/1886, pp 209-216
No 237. 09/10/1886, pp 217-224
No 238. 16/10/1886, pp 225-232
No 239. 23/10/1886, pp 233-244
No 240. 30/10/1886, pp 245-252
No 241. 06/11/1886, pp 253-264
No 242. 13/11/1886, pp 265-272
No 243. 20/11/1886, pp 273-280
No 244. 27/11/1886, pp 281-288
No 245. 04/12/1886, pp 289-296
No 246. 11/12/1886, pp 297-304
No 247. 18/12/1886, pp 305-312
No 248. 25/12/1886, pp 313-320
Christmas Supplement. 25/12/1886
No 249. 01/01/1887, pp 321-328
No 250. 08/01/1887, pp 329-336
No 251. 15/01/1887, pp 337-344
No 252. 22/01/1887, pp 345-352
No 253. 29/01/1887, pp 353-360
No 254. 05/02/1887, pp 361-368
No 255. 12/02/1887, pp 369-380
No 256. 19/02/1887, pp 381-388
No 257. 26/02/1887, pp 389-396
No 258. 05/03/1887, pp 397-404
No 259. 12/03/1887, pp 405-416
No 260. 19/03/1887, pp 417-424
Volume 6
No 261. 26/03/1887, pp 1-12
No 262. 02/04/1887, pp 13-24
No 263. 09/04/1887, pp 25-36
No 264. 16/04/1887, pp 37-48
No 265. 23/04/1887, pp 49-60
No 266. 30/04/1887, pp 61-72
No 267. 07/05/1887, pp 73-84
No 268. 14/05/1887, pp 85-96
No 269. 21/05/1887, pp 97-108
No 270. 28/05/1887, pp 109-120
No 271. 04/06/1887, pp 121-132
No 272. 11/06/1887, pp 133-144
No 273. 18/06/1887, pp 145-156
No 274. 25/06/1887, pp 157-168
No 275. 02/07/1887, pp 169-180
No 276. 09/07/1887, pp 181-192
No 277. 16/07/1887, pp 193-204
No 278. 23/07/1887, pp 205-216
No 279. 30/07/1887, pp 217-228
No 280. 06/08/1887, pp 229-240
No 281. 13/08/1887, pp 241-252
No 282. 20/08/1887, pp 253-264
No 283. 27/08/1887, pp 265-276
No 284. 03/09/1887, pp 277-288
No 285. 10/09/1887, pp 289-300
No 286. 17/09/1887, pp 301-312
No 287. 24/09/1887, pp 313-324
No 288. 01/10/1887, pp 325-336
No 289. 08/10/1887, pp 337-348
No 290. 15/10/1887, pp 349-360
No 291. 22/10/1887, pp 361-372
No 292. 29/10/1887, pp 373-384
No 293. 05/11/1887, pp 385-396
No 294. 12/11/1887, pp 397-408
No 295. 19/11/1887, pp 409-420
No 296. 26/11/1887, pp 421-432
No 297. 03/12/1887, pp 433-444
No 298. 10/12/1887, pp 445-456
No 299. 17/12/1887, pp 457-468
No 300. 24/12/1887, pp 469-480
Christmas Supplement. 24/12/1887
No 301. 31/12/1887, pp 481-492
No 302. 07/01/1888, pp 493-504
No 303. 14/01/1888, pp 505-516
No 304. 21/01/1888, pp 517-528
No 305. 28/01/1888, pp 529-540
No 306. 04/02/1888, pp 541-552
No 307. 11/02/1888, pp 553-564
No 308. 18/02/1888, pp 565-576
No 309. 25/02/1888, pp 577-588
No 310. 03/03/1888, pp 589-600
No 311. 10/03/1888, pp 601-612
No 312. 17/03/1888, pp 613-620
Volume 7
No 313. 24/03/1888, pp 1-12
No 314. 31/03/1888, pp 13-24
No 315. 07/04/1888, pp 25-36
No 316. 14/04/1888, pp 37-48
No 317. 21/04/1888, pp 49-60
No 318. 28/04/1888, pp 61-72
No 319. 05/05/1888, pp 85-96
No 320. 12/05/1888, pp 97-108
No 321. 19/05/1888, pp 109-120
No 322. 26/05/1888, pp 121-132
No 323. 02/06/1888, pp 133-144
No 324. 09/06/1888, pp 145-156
No 325. 16/06/1888, pp 157-168
No 326. 23/06/1888, pp 169-180
No 327. 30/06/1888, pp 181-192
No 328. 07/07/1888, pp 193-204
No 328. 14/07/1888, pp 205-216
No 329. 21/07/1888, pp 217-228
No 330. 28/07/1888, pp 229-240
No 331. 04/08/1888, pp 241-252
No 332. 11/08/1888, pp 253-264
No 333. 18/08/1888, pp 265-276
No 334. 25/08/1888, pp 277-288
No 335. 01/09/1888, pp 289-300
No 336. 08/09/1888, pp 301-312
No 337. 15/09/1888, pp 313-324
No 338. 22/09/1888, pp 325-336
No 339. 29/09/1888, pp 337-348
No 340. 06/10/1888, pp 349-360
No 341. 13/10/1888, pp 361-372
No 342. 20/10/1888, pp 373-384
No 343. 27/10/1888, pp 385-396
No 344. 03/11/1888, pp 397-408
No 345. 10/11/1888, pp 409-420
No 346. 17/11/1888, pp 421-432
No 347. 24/11/1888, pp 433-444
No 348. 01/12/1888, pp 445-456
No 349. 08/12/1888, pp 457-468
No 350. 15/12/1888, pp 469-480
No 351. 22/12/1888, pp 481-492
No 352. 29/12/1888, pp 493-504
Christmas Supplement. 29/12/1888
No 353. 05/01/1889, pp 505-516
No 354. 12/01/1889, pp 517-528
No 355. 19/01/1889, pp 529-540
No 356. 26/01/1889, pp 541-552
No 357. 02/02/1889, pp 553-564
No 358. 09/02/1889, pp 565-576
No 359. 16/02/1889, pp 577-588
No 360. 23/02/1889, pp 589-600
No 361. 02/03/1889, pp 601-612
No 362. 09/03/1889, pp 613-624
No 363. 16/03/1889, pp 625-636
No 364. 23/03/1889, pp 637-648
No 365. 30/03/1889, pp 649-660
Volume 8
No 366. 06/04/1889, pp 1-12
No 367. 13/04/1889, pp 13-24
No 368. 20/04/1889, pp 25-32
No 369. 27/04/1889, pp 33-44
No 370. 04/05/1889, pp 45-56
No 371. 11/05/1889, pp 57-68
No 372. 18/05/1889, pp 69-80
No 373. 25/05/1889, pp 81-92
No 374. 01/06/1889, pp 93-104
No 375. 08/06/1889, pp 105-116
No 376. 15/06/1889, pp 117-128
No 377. 22/06/1889, pp 129-140
No 378. 29/06/1889, pp 141-152
No 379. 06/07/1889, pp 153-168
No 380. 13/07/1889, pp 169-180
No 381. 20/07/1889, pp 181-192
No 382. 27/07/1889, pp 193-204
No 383. 03/08/1889, pp 205-216
No 384. 10/08/1889, pp 217-228
No 385. 17/08/1889, pp 229-240
No 386. 24/08/1889, pp 241-252
No 387. 31/08/1889, pp 253-264
No 388. 07/09/1889, pp 265-276
No 389. 14/09/1889, pp 277-288
No 390. 21/09/1889, pp 289-300
No 391. 28/09/1889, pp 301-312
No 392. 05/10/1889, pp 313-324
No 393. 12/10/1889, pp 325-336
No 394. 19/10/1889, pp 337-348
No 395. 26/10/1889, pp 349-360
No 396. 02/11/1889, pp 361-372
No 397. 09/11/1889, pp 373-384
No 398. 16/11/1889, pp 385-396
No 399. 23/11/1889, pp 397-408
No 400. 30/11/1889, pp 409-420
No 401. 07/12/1889, pp 421-432
No 402. 14/12/1889, pp 433-444
No 403. 21/12/1889, pp 445-456
Christmas Supplement. 21/12/1889
No 404. 28/12/1889, pp 457-464
No 405. 04/01/1890, pp 465-476
No 406. 11/01/1890, pp 477-488
No 407. 18/01/1890, pp 489-500
No 408. 25/01/1890, pp 501-512
No 409. 01/02/1890, pp 513-524
No 410. 08/02/1890, pp 525-536
No 411. 15/02/1890, pp 537-548
No 412. 22/02/1890, pp 549-560
No 413. 01/03/1890, pp 561-572
No 414. 08/03/1890, pp 573-584
No 415. 15/03/1890, pp 585-596
No 416. 22/03/1890, pp 597-608
Volume 9
No 417. 29/03/1890, pp 1-12
No 418. 05/04/1890, pp 13-24
No 419. 12/04/1890, pp 25-40
No 420. 19/04/1890, pp 41-52
No 421. 26/04/1890, pp 53-64
No 422. 03/05/1890, pp 65-76
No 423. 10/05/1890, pp 77-88
No 424. 17/05/1890, pp 89-100
No 425. 24/05/1890, pp 101-112
No 426. 31/05/1890, pp 113-124
No 427. 07/06/1890, pp 125-136
No 428. 14/06/1890, pp 137-148
No 429. 21/06/1890, pp 149-160
No 430. 28/06/1890, pp 161-172
No 431. 05/07/1890, pp 173-184
No 432. 12/07/1890, pp 185-196
No 433. 19/07/1890, pp 197-208
No 434. 26/07/1890, pp 209-220
No 435. 02/08/1890, pp 221-232
No 436. 09/08/1890, pp 233-244
No 437. 16/08/1890, pp 245-256
No 438. 23/08/1890, pp 257-268
No 439. 30/08/1890, pp 269-280
No 440. 06/09/1890, pp 281-292
No 441. 13/09/1890, pp 293-304
No 442. 20/09/1890, pp 305-316
No 443. 27/09/1890, pp 317-328
No 444. 04/10/1890, pp 329-340
No 445. 11/10/1890, pp 341-352
No 446. 18/10/1890, pp 353-364
No 447. 25/10/1890, pp 365-376
No 448. 01/11/1890, pp 377-388
No 449. 08/11/1890, pp 389-400
No 450. 15/11/1890, pp 401-412
No 451. 22/11/1890, pp 413-424
No 452. 29/11/1890, pp 425-436
No 453. 06/12/1890, pp 437-448
No 454. 13/12/1890, pp 449-460
No 455. 20/12/1890, pp 461-472
No 456. 27/12/1890, pp 473-484
Christmas Supplement. 27/12/1890
No 457. 03/01/1891, pp 485-496
No 458. 10/01/1891, pp 497-508
No 459. 17/01/1891, pp 509-520
No 460. 24/01/1891, pp 521-532
No 461. 31/01/1891, pp 533-544
No 462. 07/02/1891, pp 545-556
No 463. 14/02/1891, pp 557-568
No 464. 21/02/1891, pp 569-580
No 465. 28/02/1891, pp 581-592
No 466. 07/03/1891, pp 593-604
No 467. 14/03/1891, pp 605-616
No 468. 21/03/1891, pp 617-628

Volume 10

No 469. 28/03/1891, pp 1-12
No 470. 04/04/1891, pp 13-24
No 471. 11/04/1891, pp 25-36
No 472. 18/04/1891, pp 37-48
No 473. 25/04/1891, pp 49-60
No 474. 02/05/1891, pp 61-72
No 475. 09/05/1891, pp 73-84
No 476. 16/05/1891, pp 85-96
No 477. 23/05/1891, pp 97-108
No 478. 30/05/1891, pp 109-120
No 479. 06/06/1891, pp 121-132
No 480. 13/06/1891, pp 133-144
No 481. 20/06/1891, pp 145-156
No 482. 27/06/1891, pp 157-168
No 483. 04/07/1891, pp 169-180
No 484. 11/07/1891, pp 181-192
No 485. 18/07/1891, pp 193-204
No 486. 25/07/1891, pp 205-216
No 487. 01/08/1891, pp 217-228
No 488. 08/08/1891, pp 229-240
No 489. 15/08/1891, pp 241-252
No 490. 22/08/1891, pp 253-264

Bell News is also available on DVD in one pdf file per volume.

Campanology (16 September 1896 – 10 March 1897)

The first paper solely devoted to ringing was The Bell News and Ringer’s Record (usually called Bell News), which appeared between February 1881 and 25 December 1915. This had two short-lived rivals, the first of which was entitled Campanology. The proprietor and editor was William Bedwell and the office was at 221 High Street, Lewisham. Essentially the same as Bell News, it was laid out more as a magazine. In the introductory remarks in the first issue of 16 September 1896 it was stated that “…the necessity of a bright and cheerful journal … has for years past been plainly manifest”. In the pages of Bell News there was no mention of its competitor, but it is evident that this new venture affected its circulation, for a new advertising flyer for Bell News was issued. This is undated, but from internal evidence it dates from February 1897 or soon after, and presumably was issued before the demise of Campanology, the 26th and last issue of which appeared on 10 March 1897. It had paid the penalty of being too similar to Bell News. (John Eisel, September 2000)

The Library Committee is grateful for the permission to use the comprehensive index compiled by the late Cyril Wratten which lists, amongst other subjects, every ringer who rang a peal and every tower mentioned in ringing performances in the journal.

Index
No 1. 16/09/1896, pp 1-12
No 2. 23/09/1896, pp 13-24
No 3. 30/09/1896, pp 25-36
No 4. 07/10/1896, pp 37-48
No 5. 14/10/1896, pp 49-60
No 6. 21/10/1896, pp 61-72
No 7. 28/10/1896, pp 73-84
No 8. 04/11/1896, pp 85-96
No 9. 11/11/1896, pp 97-108
No 10. 18/11/1896, pp 109-120
No 11. 25/11/1896, pp 121-132
No 12. 02/12/1896, pp 133-144
No 13. 09/12/1896, pp 145-156
No 14. 16/12/1896, pp 157-168
No 15. 23/12/1896, pp 169-180
No 16. 30/12/1896, pp 181-192
No 17. 06/01/1897, pp 193-204
No 18. 13/01/1897, pp 205-216
No 19. 20/01/1897, pp 217-228
No 20. 27/01/1897, pp 229-240
No 21. 03/02/1897, pp 241-252
No 22. 10/02/1897, pp 253-264
No 23. 17/02/1897, pp 265-276
No 24. 24/02/1897, pp 277-288
No 25. 03/03/1897, pp 289-300
No 26. 10/03/1897, pp 301-312

Campanology is also available on CD in one searchable pdf file.

The Bellringer (5 January 1907 – 1 June 1907)

The threat of a rival journal changed nothing in the format and content of Bell News, and another attempt was made to start an alternative ringers’ paper ten years after Campanology. A circular was sent out late in 1906 and the first issue of The Bellringer appeared on 5 January 1907, costing 1d (½p). The editor was William C Hunt, and a major contributor was William Willson of Leicester, who wrote under the pen-name ‘Jingle’ and who had previously contributed a regular column to Bell News under the same pen name. The opening editorial, without actually naming Bell News, stated that a paper should be published on time, inferring that Bell News was regularly published late, thus appearing after meetings, notices of which had appeared in its pages. It also said that it stood for progress, and lamented the demise of Campanology from lack of support, through a mistaken sense of sympathy to the old. However, despite its brighter approach The Bellringer evidently also suffered from lack of support. Five weekly issues appeared, and then it was admitted that the money that had been set aside to start the paper was rapidly vanishing. As a result the paper became monthly from 1 March at a cost of 3½d (1½p). The ninth and last issue was dated 1 June 1907 and on the front was an apology for its late appearance. It was announced that it would recommence as a weekly paper on 29 June at a cost of 2d, but no more issues appeared and thus it went the way of Campanology. (John Eisel, September 2000)

As with Campanology, the Library Committee is grateful for the permission to use the index compiled by the late Cyril Wratten.

Index
No 1. 05/01/1907, pp 1-20
No 2. 12/01/1907, pp 21-40
No 3. 19/01/1907, pp 41-60
No 4. 26/02/1907, pp 61-80
No 5. 02/02/1907, pp 81-100
No 6. 01/03/1907, pp 101-144
No 7. 01/04/1907, pp 145-180
No 8. 01/05/1907, pp 181-216
No 9. 01/06/1907, pp 215-246

The Bellringer is also available on CD in one searchable pdf file.

The Ringing World

The Ringing World appeared weekly from 24 March 1911. Early issues can be accessed below and further issues will be added in due course.

Note that when using the index, which uses ‘Year/Page No’ references, some references in years 1912 to 1916 can occur in two volumes.

Index
Volume 1 (1911)
No 1. 24/03/1911, pp 1-16
No 2. 31/03/1911, pp 17-32
No 3. 07/04/1911, pp 33-48
No 4. 14/04/1911, pp 49-64
No 5. 21/04/1911, pp 65-80
No 6. 28/04/1911, pp 81-96
No 7. 05/05/1911, pp 97-112
No 8. 12/05/1911, pp 113-128
No 9. 19/05/1911, pp 129-148
No 10. 26/05/1911, pp 149-164
No 11. 02/06/1911, pp 165-180
No 12. 09/06/1911, pp 181-196
No 13. 16/06/1911, pp 197-216
No 14. 23/06/1911, pp 217-232
No 15. 30/06/1911, pp 233-252
No 16. 07/07/1911, pp 253-272
No 17. 14/07/1911, pp 273-288
No 18. 21/07/1911, pp 289-304
No 19. 28/07/1911, pp 305-320
No 20. 04/08/1911, pp 321-336
No 21. 11/08/1911, pp 337-352
No 22. 18/08/1911, pp 353-368
No 23. 25/08/1911, pp 369-384
No 24. 01/09/1911, pp 385-400
No 25. 08/09/1911, pp 401-416
No 26. 15/09/1911, pp 417-432
No 27. 22/09/1911, pp 433-448
No 28. 29/09/1911, pp 449-468
No 29. 06/10/1911, pp 469-484
No 30. 13/10/1911, pp 485-504
No 31. 20/10/1911, pp 505-520
No 32. 27/10/1911, pp 521-536
No 33. 03/11/1911, pp 537-556
No 34. 10/11/1911, pp 557-572
No 35. 17/11/1911, pp 573-592
No 36. 24/11/1911, pp 593-608
No 37. 01/12/1911, pp 609-624
No 38. 08/12/1911, pp 625-640
No 39. 15/12/1911, pp 641-656
No 40. 22/12/1911, pp 657-672
No 41. 29/12/1911, pp 673-688
Volume 2 (1912)
No 42. 05/01/1912, pp 1-20
No 43. 12/01/1912, pp 21-36
No 44. 19/01/1912, pp 37-56
No 45. 26/01/1912, pp 57-72
No 46. 02/02/1912, pp 73-88
No 47. 09/02/1912, pp 89-108
No 48. 16/02/1912, pp 109-124
No 49. 23/02/1912, pp 125-140
No 50. 01/03/1912, pp 141-156
No 51. 08/03/1912, pp 157-172
No 52. 15/03/1912, pp 173-188
No 53. 22/03/1912, pp 189-204
No 54. 29/03/1912, pp 205-220
No 55. 05/04/1912, pp 221-236
No 56. 12/04/1912, pp 237-252
No 57. 19/04/1912, pp 253-272
No 58. 26/04/1912, pp 273-288
No 59. 03/05/1912, pp 289-304
No 60. 10/05/1912, pp 305-324
No 61. 17/05/1912, pp 325-344
No 62. 24/05/1912, pp 345-360
No 63. 31/05/1912, pp 361-376
No 64. 07/06/1912, pp 377-396
No 65. 14/06/1912, pp 397-416
No 66. 21/06/1912, pp 417-436
No 67. 28/06/1912, pp 437-452
Volume 3 (1912)
No 68. 05/07/1912, pp 1-16
No 69. 12/07/1912, pp 17-32
No 70. 19/07/1912, pp 33-48
No 71. 26/07/1912, pp 49-68
No 72. 02/08/1912, pp 69-84
No 73. 09/08/1912, pp 85-100
No 74. 16/08/1912, pp 101-116
No 75. 23/08/1912, pp 117-132
No 76. 30/08/1912, pp 133-148
No 77. 06/09/1912, pp 149-168
No 78. 13/09/1912, pp 169-184
No 79. 20/09/1912, pp 185-204
No 80. 27/09/1912, pp 205-220
No 81. 04/10/1912, pp 221-236
No 82. 11/10/1912, pp 237-252
No 83. 18/10/1912, pp 253-272
No 84. 25/10/1912, pp 273-288
No 85. 01/11/1912, pp 289-308
No 86. 08/11/1912, pp 309-324
No 87. 15/11/1912, pp 325-344
No 88. 22/11/1912, pp 345-360
No 89. 29/11/1912, pp 361-376
No 90. 06/12/1912, pp 377-396
No 91. 13/12/1912, pp 397-412
No 92. 20/12/1912, pp 413-428
No 93. 27/12/1912, pp 429-444

The Ringing World is also available on DVD in one pdf file per volume.

Friends’ Essays

Essays on bibliographical subjects are issued to the Friends annually, together with a newsletter. The essays listed below, all by Dr John Eisel unless otherwise stated, can be viewed online.

  1. History of the Central Council Library March 1995
  2. Indexes March 1995
    Discusses the various indexes available in the Central Council Library
  3. Hubbard’s Elements of Campanalogia February 1996
    Identifies all the different editions and variants
  4. Troyte’s Change Ringing February 1997
    Brings together information on various editions
    Troyte’s Change Ringing – An Update January 1998
    Identifies more variants of the various editions
  5. Ringing Periodicals February 1998
    A brief history, including samples of title pages
  6. Snowdon’s Ropesight February 1999
    The background and editions of this important text
  7. Reprints of early ringing books February 2000
    List and discusses all early texts from Tintinnalogia to Shipway’s Campanalogia and their reprints
  8. The Revd H T Ellacombe and his Campanological Works February 2001
    Discusses when and where his work was published, and the different editions
  9. Ramblings of a Collector February 2002
    Shares the experience of 40 years of book collecting
  10. Snowdon’s Standard Methods in the Art of Change Ringing February 2003
    Discusses the many editions of both the Letterpress and Diagrams
  11. Publications of the College of Campanology (William Butler) February 2005
    Publications of an unusual venture in teaching change ringing
  12. An Exercise in Printing – Beginners’ Grandsire and Beginners’ Plain Bob February 2005
    Gives the history of Alex Waddington’s little books, republished by the Central Council
  13. Andrew James Corrigan and his publications on Surprise methods February 2006
    Discusses the history of Corrigan’s ground-breaking publications
  14. Large Paper Copies of Standard County Works February 2007
    Discusses the limited numbers of large-paper copies printed, and their significance
  15. Collectors of Ringing Books February 2008
    Identifies and discusses a number of prominent collectors of ringing books
  16. Change Ringers’ Guides February 2009
    Over the years many list of rings of bells have been compiled in order to help visiting ringers. This essay traces the history of such lists
  17. Snowdon’s other Publications February 2010
    This forms a supplement to Essays Nos 6 and 10, and completes a study of all Snowdon’s works
  18. Publications of the Central Council prior to the First World War February 2011
    From its inception the Central Council has produced a succession of important texts on all aspects of bells and ringing, and this essay discusses the earliest of these
  19. Two Nineteenth Century Text Books: Thackrah and Sottanstall February 2012
    Explores the background to these two very different texts
  20. The Gothic Traveller February 2013
    For the first time the career of John Alfred Parnell is considered in detail, together with his writings, and his inaccurate contributions to the history of change ringing.
  21. Canon Woolmore Wigram, M.A., Belfry Reform and Change-Ringing Disentangled (John Eisel) February 2014
    Discusses the part this nineteenth century clergyman played in the Belfry Reform movement and in ringing in Cambridge and Hertfordshire.
  22. “The Rambling Ringers Club, Nov 29 1733” (William Willans) February 2015
    A look into the activities of the club, it’s founder, William Laughton, and the comments of later historians.
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