Ringing World Vol 1, Iss 10, p158,

Saturday 20 May 1911


  The belfry of Ranmoor Church, Sheffield, was well filled with ringers and friends on Saturday afternoon, when, on the anniversary of the funeral of the late King Edward, a peal tablet, recording a muffled peal rung for his death, was unveiled. After a short touch, on the bells, the proceedings were formally opened with suitable prayers offered by the Vicar (the Rev. James G. Williams, V.D.).  Mr. Sam Thomas, the conductor of the peal, then briefly "explained the object of the gathering, and spoke of the close connection between the bells and national feeling, whether of joy or sorrow, as, for instance, on the occasion of the King’s death. That the King was mourned by the ringers of the whole country was proved by the fact that the unprecedented number of 181 muffled peals were rung to his memory.

  Mr. John Mawhood, the people’s churchwarden, unveiled the tablet, which is of solid mahogany, grounded black with gold leaf lettering, and of simple and neat design, headed “the Yorkshire Association and Sheffield District Society of Change Ringers,” and recording that,. “At the close of a solemn memorial service, held in this church at the same hour that the funeral of has late Majesty King Edvard VII. was being solemnised at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, there was rung on these bells a full muffled peal, consisting of 5024 Changes of Bob Major, in three hours and fifteen minutes.” Then follow the ringers names, and those of the Vicar and churchwardens.

  The Vicar mentioned a very interesting discovery, made during the excavations some few years ago of the lost city of Nineveh, of bells, the composition of which was practically identical with ours of the present day. He traced the history of the use of bells in religious worship from Biblical times to the present day, and added that the old clerical “saw” about ringers not attending church was, he thought, no longer justified. His ringers were generally found on Sunday evenings in their customary places in church.

  A vote of thanks to Mr. Mawhood was accorded, on the motion of Mr. G. Addy, seconded by Mr. J. E. L. Cockey. — A similar compliment to the Vicar was passed. — The proceedings were then brought to a close with the Benediction, and it was felt that such gatherings as this go a long way in bringing about that real brotherly feeling of which so much is heard, but so little seen.

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