Saffron Walden Society of Change Ringers

Thaxted, Essex, St John The Baptist

Saturday Oct 21 1893 in 3 hours 1 minute

5008 Double Norwich Court Bob Major

Nathan Pitstow 1 George Martin 5
Alfred Pitsow 2 John Penning 6
Arthur James 3 Ernest Pitstow 7
Charles Freeman 4 Fredrick Pitstow (C) 8
PB-ID: 533-6A9
The Society minutes claim this as the first peal on the bells. [Felstead however lists a number of peals from the 1700s.]

[Accompanied in Bell News by the following:]

By kind invitation of Dr. Sunderland (churchwarden), the Saffron Walden Society paid a visit, to the fine old church of St. Mary, Thaxted, on Saturday, October 21St. On reaching their destination they were met by Mr. B. Hall, proprietor of the Swan Hotel (who is a member of the local band), and escorted them to the tower. On inspection, it was found that a hard job was in store for the men at the heavy end, should a peal be attempted on the bells. However, a start was made at 3.45 for a peal of Double Norwich Court, and the bells were brought home at 6.46 most of the band having had quite enough for one day. The worthy Doctor was soon in the belfry after the bells stopped and invited the band to the “Swan Hotel” where he had ordered a meat tea, which was much enjoyed after their previous exertions. Some of the band afterwards rang some short touches of Bob Major with the local band who were very pleased with their assistance. A start was made for home at 9.15, and after an enjoyable ride the Cross Keys hotel was reached at 10.15. The band wish to thank the Rev. A. Westall for the use of the bells, and Dr. Sunderland for his great kindness and courtesy, also Mr. B. Hall for getting the bells in order for the occasion.

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