EAST HADDON HISTORY SOCIETY Northamptonshire, England

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EAST HADDON BELLS

East Haddon Church tower houses a fine ring of 6 bells.

These are of historical importance in the world of campanology; records show that on 31st December 1756, the first ever recorded peal of 5040 changes on 5 bells was rung at East Haddon by

“a Society of Old Ringers, each man aged upwards of 50 years of Age rang 5040 changes, which takes up several Peals of five bells; and completed in three Hours and ten Minutes.”

The press cutting from the time does not reveal their names.

The bells and their origins are:

Treble        Taylors of Loughborough, 1928.

2nd              Hugh Watts, Leicester, 1621

3rd             Hugh Watts, Leicester, 1621

4th             Hugh Watts, Leicester, 1621

5th               Abhraham Rudhall, 1731

Tenor         Hugh Watts, Leicester, 1621

The treble weighs 5 cwt., the tenor weighs 15cwt (745kg).

Each bell carries an inscription, cast into the metal when the bell was made. To see these inscriptions in full, click here.

In 2010 the bells were refurbished with new headstocks, clappers, and bearings, and the wheels were refurbished/replaced. The bells were also re-tuned, and the frame (by A. Bowell of Ipswich, 1905, was cleaned and protected against corrosion. The work was carried out with Messr Taylors of Loughborough, and the site work was done by one of their bellhangers plus 9 volunteers from East Haddon. See pictures

East Haddon ringers practise on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7pm. New members are always very welcome, and for those who want to learn the art of bellringing there is tuition available within the practise times.