Peal Associated with the Saffron Walden Society of Change Ringers

(Handbell Peal)

Saffron Walden, Essex, At the residence of FJ Pitstow, 45 High Street

Sunday Feb 25 1923 in 2 hours 31 minutes

5040 Plain Bob Major

Frederick J Pitstow 1-2 Wilfred Hooton (C) 5-6
Alfred E Pitstow 3-4 Frederick Dench 7-8
First peal on handbells 1-2, 3-4 and 7-8. This is the first peal on handbells in the town of Saffron Walden or by any one of its members during the whole of its existence. W Hooton hails from Cambridge.

Ringing World of 22 March: "Interested" writes with reference to the peal of Bob Major rung 'in hand' at Saffron Walden on February 25th, and which was claimed to be the first handbell peal ever rung by a member of the Saffron Walden Society, that the late Mr Nathan J Pitstow rang a peal of Grandsire Triples 'in hand' as long ago as May 3rd, 1896. The peal was rung at Mr WH Buckingham's residence at St. Albans, and conducted by MR CS Clarke, of Bedford.

Ringing World of 6 April: As I was partly responsible for the publication of the statement regarding the handbell peal at Saffron Walden, being the first by anyone of its members, I find 'Interested' is quite right. I therefore wish to withdraw that statement, although the peal was not included in the late MR Nathan Pitstow's list of peals published at the time of his death in 1914. It being the first handbell peal rung in Saffron Walden, still holds good. F. Dench.

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