Devon Ringing History Group

The Friends of the Guild Library have established the Devon Ringing History Group to facilitate and encourage research into the history of bells and ringing in the county. The ability to contact others interested in similar topics is a key benefit of membership of the Group and marking the 150th anniversary of the Guild through promoting its history will be a key focus. Any member of the Friends has the additional option of joining in the activities of the History Group. Information about the Friends scheme is available here.

Projects and articles about the history of Devon ringing will be shared on this page:



St Peters S2 12May14 thumbnail  Bellringers' Q.I.: Four things you may not know about Tiverton, St Peter's.

A presentation made on 6th April 2020 by Les Boyce. Four episodes in the history of the tower with some hints on sources for researching your own tower's history.

 Kingskerwell 2  Kingskerswell Restoration & Augmentation Project.

 A presentation made on 7th May 2020 by John Rees, Project Manager. As well as being a fascinating historical record of the project, it is a useful guide to all the stages of planning and delivering a bell restoration project. Highly recommended!

St Leonards Tower Newton Abbot  

 Newton Abbot Clock Tower: History and Mystery

(Image: Mike Crowe)

A presentation by Peter Bill made to the Mid Devon Branch on 2nd July 2020. We recommend that in Acrobat Reader you view it at 150% magnification.

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Combe Raleigh Bells Project

Trevor Hitchcock presents an inspirational illustrated talk describing the Combe Raleigh bell project, which resulted in the restoration of the ring of three bells and augmentation to six alongside the recruitment and training of a new band of ringers. During the talk Trevor tells how unforeseen pitfalls were overcome and how the church community benefited from the project. (7 December 2020 - Guild Internet Arms)

Huntsham Church

Huntsham Restoration Project 2004

The project to remodel and rehang the bells, work on the tower and hold a rededication service was recorded on video and may be viewed through this link (running time approx 90 mins). Detailed information is also avaialble on the Troyte  Ringing Centre website.

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Charles Troyte, "Change Ringing" and the "Nine Taylors"

Short presentation about the Troytes of Huntsham Court and the writing of "Change Ringing".

Letter from the son of the printer, Henry Eland, about the destruction of the copies and printing plates of "Change Ringing" in the Second World War.

Letter from Miss Dorothy Rowe, friend of Dorothy L. Sayers, explaining the influence of Troyte's book on the writing of the "Nine Taylors", with transcript

Guides to Research

John Harrison has produced an excellent guide to researching information about people. As well as listing sources of information, it gives advice about the purposes of research, practical tips for searching, problems with using OCR scanned texts and how to publish or share your results. (Please note that since John's guide was written the Central Council has launched a new website. We have tried to update the links, but some links are currently to the archived version of the old site and may change. Please advise the Librarian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of any problems you encounter.) Biographic research for ringers

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