Bell Ringing

Bell Ringing

The bells are a ring of 6, cast by Thomas Osborn of Downham Market in 1795.

The tenor weight is 13 cwt, 2qtrs, and 7lbs (771Kg). The bells were originally hung in a timber frame level with the tower louvers and were rung from the floor below. The first peal on the bells was not rung until 1923 and the footnote to the second peal reads 'Great credit is due to all the band for ringing such a well-struck peal, as the bells are in bad condition'. In 1956 the bells were re-hung by Messrs Mears and Stainbank of London; the canons and cast in crown staples were removed and the bells were quarter-turned and hung on ball bearings in an eight bell steel frame in the original ringing room. For the next 30 years the bells were rung from the ground floor. In the mid 1980s a balcony was constructed above the ground floor from where the bells are now rung. There have been 20 peals on the bells, the first being commemorated by a peal board in the ringing room, and the latest in 2001. The bells were not rung regularly from the mid 1970s until 1998 when a new local band was recruited.

Contact Details

Tower Captain: Bob Cox
Email: bobcox13013@aol.com
Mobile Phone: 07921 244646

Postal Address:
3 Clayton Close
Walsoken
Wisbech
Cambs
PE13 3TS

Ringing Details

Have you ever thought that you might like to learn to ring church bells?  Perhaps you used to ring and would like to take it up again?  If so this is your opportunity to do so!  The Walsoken Ringers are looking new bell ringers!  If you want to start from scratch or you have rung in the past we’d love you to consider ringing with us.  Our group is just reforming and we intend to create an open friendly and supportive environment where you can learn to ring at your own pace.  Our new learner’s sessions are on Friday evening between 5:00pm and 7:00pm (by appointment) with relaxing slightly more progressive ringing between 7:00pm and 8:45pm.

At Learner's session is Friday between 5:00pm and 7:00pm (by specific arrangement).  At this session you can learn pretty much at your own learning rate.  These sessions are targetted at Level 1 ringing using the ART "Learning the Ropes" syllabus.. Passing level 1 means that you are a bellringer!

Normal Practice is Friday 7:00pm and 8:30pm (please check first).  At present we practice bell handling, rounds & call changes, plain hunt and doubles methods. We do try some slightly more adventurous ringing too so there should be something for everyone!  Please join us.

There is ringing for service on Sundays from 10.00am - 10.25am (please check first).

For more information Email: bobcox13013@aol.com

Links to Relevant Pages

Walsoken's Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers Details

The Dove Directory

All Saint's Church Bells Photo Gallery

Learning to Ring

Bell Ringing Teachers near you

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Peal Details

No.

Date

Detail

Time

Conductor

20 07-Jul-01 Minor (3m) 2h48 P J Waterfield
19 06-Nov-99 Minor (8 methods) 2h36 J W Spiller
18 26-May-87 Walsoken S Minor 2h59 K M Price
17 18-Apr-85 Minor (7 methods) 2h57 K M Price
16 14-Apr-79 Minor (7 methods) 2h48 R W Spencer
15 16-Oct-76 S Minor (7 methods) 2h49 A M Barber
14 27-Dec-70 Plain Bob Minor 2h50 E H Mastin
13 17-Apr-65 Plain Bob Minor 2h40 G E Thoday
12 04-Nov-64 Minor (4 methods) 2h48 N V Harding
11 26-Apr-61 Minor (7 methods) 2h41 E H Mastin
10 26-Oct-60 Minor (4 methods) 2h47 N V Harding
9 02-Jul-60 Plain Bob Minor 2h57 T A Bevis
8 18-Jul-59 Plain Bob Minor 2h45 N V Harding
7 04-Apr-59 Minor (4 methods) 2h51 T A Bevis
6 17-Jan-59 Minor (7 methods) 2h47 Tony Price
5 09-Aug-58 Plain Bob Minor 2h53 N V Harding
4 04-Sep-57 Plain Bob Minor 2h46 N V Harding
3 02-Feb-57 Minor (4 methods) 2h47 F C Wigmore
2 12-May-29 Plain Bob Minor 3h07 F C Wigmore
1 02-May-23 Plain Bob Minor 2h57 Tony Price

More Information about the Bells at All Saints' Church

All Saints has a fine peal of six bells made by Thomas Osborn in Downham Market in 1795. Originally the bells were hung in a frame adjacent to the louvres in the tower. The bells were restored and re-hung in 1901 by the children of Richard Young M.P. for North Cambridgeshire and further work was undertaken in 1956 when the bells were re-hung in a lower position in the tower in an eight bell metal frame. This was to allow for the future provision of two additional bells which has not to date been achieved.  The bells used to be rung from the ground floor at the base of the tower but in the 1980’s a new ringing chamber was installed above a new kitchen and toilet..  All Saints bells have a mellow tone with the heaviest bell (the tenor) weighing just over 13 cwt and are rung regularly for Sunday Services and weddings.

Bell weights taken from an undated church guide that was priced at one shilling