St Mary Magdalene, Holloway, London N7

Information for Bell Ringers

The church web site is here.
For ringing times, tower contact and location see the MCA&LDG Site. A list of all the peals rung on the bells is given below.

The Bells

Bell
 
Diameter
ft  in
Weight
cwt—qr—lb
Note
 
Treble 2  5¼ 5—3—15 E
2 2  6¼ 6—1—0 D#
3 2  7 6—3—0 C#
4 2  9 7—3—0 B
5 3  1 9—1—0 A
6 3  2 10—0—5 G#
7 3  6 13—1—15 F#
Tenor 3  10 17—2—15 E

Treble, 6th, 7th and tenor were weighed July 1997.
All bells carry the inscription:
CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1878

St Mary Magdalene’s church was built in 1814 as a “Chapel of Ease” to serve the increasing population of the parish of St Mary’s Islington. The ring of 8 bells was installed in 1878 by John Warner & Sons who, in typical fashion, put in just about the largest bells that would fit on one level. The tenor was reputed to weight 19¾cwt and, with a brick tower and some of the ropes heavily drawn in the intermediate chamber (the clock room), they were probably never the easiest bells to ring. Early peal reports quoted a tenor weight 19cwt or 20cwt which later turned out to be an exaggeration. Perhaps the custom was to weigh the bells with the headstock and clapper? It was not long before work was needed on the bells as shown by the following summary.

1907. “Messrs Mears and Stainbank have re-hung the 8 bells of the church of St Mary Magdalene in the Holloway Road, in new bearings, the fittings having been at the same time renewed.” (MCA&LDG Annual Report 1906-1907). “Mr. Daniel Gibbon being [Mears and Stainbank’s] skilful representative in charge” (Bell News Vol. XXVII, page 520, 2 January 1908). Despite the footnote to the next peal (in February 1908) expressing satisfaction with this work, there seems to have been some concern because …

1910 “ST. MARY MAGDALENE, HOLLOWAY - This tower after having been thoroughly overhauled and strengthened with new girders and supports under the bell frame, and all the top stonework having been reset is now ready for use, and it is hoped that all ringers will take advantage of this the most accessible of all north London towers, and help to make it one of the chief centres of ringing.” (Bell News vol. XXIV page 292 - 23 July 1910).

1916. “The bells of St Mary Magdalene, Holloway, have also been lifted out and thoroughly overhauled [by Warners], and the tenor rehung with their patent self-aligning, self-lubricating oil bearings.” (MCA&LDG Annual Report 1916. Also Ringing World 20 April 1917, page 125.)

1929. The bells were re-hung on ball bearings by John Taylor & Co., and there was another positive footnote to the next peal rung on 4th February 1930 stating: “First peal on the bells since they were rehung by Messrs. Taylor and Co., the ‘go’ being excellent.”

1984. Following a gudgeon failure, the headstock on the treble was replaced with a new wooden one by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

1991. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th bells were re-hung with new headstocks, wheels and pulleys by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. The canons and cast-in crown staples were removed and the clappers were fitted with new independent staples. Tie bolts were put through the frame to strengthen it.

1997. The treble, 6th, 7th and tenor, were re-hung with new headstocks, wheels and SG clappers with independent crown staples by Eayre & Smith Ltd of Melbourne Derbyshire. The canons and cast-in crown staples were removed and the bells were an 8th turned (to allow for ¼ turning at some time in the future). The headstock bearings were cleaned and re-used except for one each on the treble and tenor which were found to be damaged and were replaced. At the same time, new bronze rope bosses were fitted in the ringing room ceiling for all 8 bell ropes to replace the wooden bosses that had become badly worn. These were all slightly repositioned, and new pulleys were provided for the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and tenor bell ropes, to reduce the “draw” on the ropes and thus improve handling.

Earlier peal reports quoted the tenor weight as 20 cwt or, sometimes, 19 cwt or 18 cwt. At some time between the peals rung in 1951 and 1984 the tenor weight was, apparently, re-assessed as being 17cwt. Perhaps someone measured the bell and made a better estimate, but when it was weighed with a “load link” during the 1997 re-hang, it was found to be 17cwt 2qr 15lb.


Peals Rung at St Mary Magdalene, Holloway, London N7

Peal Number 1
The Royal Cumberland Society Late London Scholars
Islington, London
At Chapel-of-Ease
Saturday, 13 November 1880 in 3 Hrs 4 Mins (20 cwt)
5088 Kent Treble Bob Major
Composition: H Dains
1 George Newson (C)
2 H A Hopkins
3 James Hannington
4 N J Pitstow
5 C T Hopkins
6 H Dains
7 W Baron
8 James Barrett
This is the first peal ever rung on these bells.
W Nelson Winn M.A. Curate.
Church Wardens of the Parish: Henry S Friend Esq., John Law Esq., Cornelius H Cope Esq.
Church Wardens: W.P. Smithett Esq., F.G. Reynolds.
Mr Charles Dono - Steeple-Keeper
Peal Board - also Church Bells, Vol: 2, Year: 1880, Page: 835



Peal Number 2
The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths
Holloway, London
At St Mary’s Chapel-of-Ease
Wednesday, 14 March 1883 in 3 Hrs 12 Mins (19 cwt)
5040 Grandsire Triples
Composition: Holt’s 10 Part
1 James Rumsey
2 Edward Moses
3 James Leach
4 James Hannington (C)
5 Thomas Titchener
6 Arthur Jacob
7 George Newson
8 Daniel Lovett
This peal was rung with the bells fully muffled as a last mark of esteem and respect to the late Mr John Layton, who was vestry-clerk and solicitor to the parish of St. Mary Islington, for over thirty years.
Bell News, Vol: 1, Year: 1883, Page: 401



Peal Number 3
The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths
Holloway, London
At St Mary’s Chapel-of-Ease
Saturday, 25 August 1883 in 3 Hrs 19 Mins (19 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composition: Brook’s Variation
1 George Newson (C)
2 John Gobbett
3 Esq., Wingfield Meadows
4 James Hannington
5 Arthur Jacob
6 William Doran
7 James Barrett
8 George Griffin
First Peal: 8. First Peal with a bob bell: 5.
This peal was rung with the bells deeply muffled as a last mark of respect and esteem to William Pascall Smithett, Esq., Chuch Warden of the above church, and he had also been connected with the parish for the last forty years as Vestryman, Guardian, and Chairman of the Board.
Bell News, Vol: II, Year: 1883, Page: 258


Peal Number 4
The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths
Holloway, London
At Chapel-of-Ease
Wednesday, 30 November 1892 in 3 Hrs 8 Mins (20 cwt)
5040 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
Composition: George Newson
1 Charles H Martin
2 Albert Pittam
3 George Smith
4 Arthur Tennant
5 Harold N Davis
6 Newland Alderman
7 Arthur Jacob (C)
8 George Newson
First in the method: 4, 5.
This is the first peal in the method on the bells.
Bell News, Vol: XI, Year: 1892, Page: 430


Peal Number 5
The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths
Islington, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Wednesday, 20 March 1895 in 3 Hrs 8 Mins (20 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composition: Brook’s Variation
1 Benjamin Foskett
2 George Smith
3 Richard Bevan
4 Thomas Titchener
5 Henry Stubbs
6 Newland Alderman
7 James Hannington (C)
8 Henry S Ellis
First peal: 8. First peal in the method: 2, 3, 5.
Bell News, Vol: XIII, Year: 1895, Page: 543


Peal Number 6
St James’s Society
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 16 March 1901 in 3 Hrs 19 Mins (20 cwt)
5376 Plain Bob Major
Composition: James George
1 Ernest H Oxenham
2 William Weatherstone
3 George R Fardon
4 William J Nudds
5 Harry Stubbs
6 Thomas Langdon
7 Herbert Langdon (C)
8 James George
First peal in the method on the bells.
First of Bob Major by the ringers of treble 6th and 7th.
Bell News, Vol: XIX, Year: 1901, Page: 559


Peal Number 7
The London County Association (Late St James’s Society)
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Tuesday, 18 February 1908 in 2 Hrs 53 Mins (20 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composition: Heywood’s variation of Thurstans’s Four-Part
1 Albert Turner
2 Thomas H Taffender (C)
3 Henry S Ellis
4 Arthur R Jacob
5 William H Taffender
6 Harry Flanders
7 Thomas Langdon
8 Richard Francis Deal
First peal of Triples: 1.
First peal on the bells since restoration by Mears and Stainbank, who have done the work in excellent style, the ‘go’ being perfect.
Bell News, Vol: XXVI, Year: 1908, Page: 595


Peal Number 8
The London County Association and the St Margaret’s Society, Westminster
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 24 October 1908 in 3 Hrs 8 Mins (20 cwt)
5008 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
Composition: Frank Bennett
1 Charles J North
2 Arthur N Hardy
3 Albert Turner
4 Fred G Perrin
5 Frank Bennett
6 William Hewett
7 Richard F Deal
8 James E Davis (C)
Bell News, Vol: XXVII, Year: 1908, Page: 415


Peal Number 9
The Ancient Society of College Youths
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 20 March 1909 in 3 Hrs 4 Mins (20 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composition: Thurstans’s Four-Part
1 Richard F Deal
2 George R Fardon
3 Challis F Winney
4 Arthur Harding
5 Albert Turner
6 James R Mackman
7 Sidney A Wright (C)
8 Edward C Ewer
Rung on the birthday anniversary of Messrs. Turner and Winney.
Bell News, Vol: XXVIII, Year: 1909, Page: 78


Peal Number 10
The St Mary Magdalene Society of Ringers
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 3 April 1909 in 3 Hrs 5 Mins (20 cwt)
5040 Grandsire Triples
Composition: Parker’s 6 part
1 John W Cornford
2 Herbert Brookes
3 Arthur W Hart
4 Harry Ranzetta
5 Harry Franks
6 Albert Turner
7 Richard F Deal (C)
8 Walter Pateman
First peal: 1, 2, 3, 4.
First peal ever rung by a band residing in the parish or borough of Islington.
First peal by the Society.
Revd Arthur Mercer: Vicar.
Wardens: W.N.Haydon Esq., J Robins Esq.
Peal Board - also Bell News, Vol: XXVIII, Year: 1909, Page: 91


Peal Number 11
The London County Association (Late St James’s Society)
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 29 April 1911 in 3 Hrs 17 Mins (20 cwt)
5088 Kent Treble Bob Major
Composition: Frederick Dench
1 Christopher H Hughes
2 Sydney F Gowlett
3 Henry T Gowlett
4 Henry S Ellis
5 George W Faulkner
6 Alan R MacDonald
7 Albert Turner
8 Richard F Deal (C)
First peal of major: 1. First peal of Treble Bob: 7.
Bell News, Vol: XXX, Year: 1911, Page: 91 (and Ringing World, Vol: I, Page: 115)


Peal Number 12
The Kent County Association
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 26 August 1911 in 3 Hrs 10 Mins (20 cwt)
5056 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composition: C Middleton
1 Arthur William Hart
2 Alfred W Grimes
3 Junr., Thomas Groombridge
4 Frank I Hairs
5 Frank Bennett (C)
6 James E Davis
7 Harry Warnett
8 Senr., Thomas Groombridge
First peal in a Surprise method: Treble, 4.
First Surprise peal on the bells.
Bell News, Vol: XXX, Year: 1911, Page: 306 (and Ringing World, Vol: I, Page: 387)


Peal Number 13
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 14 October 1911 in 3 Hrs 8 Mins (20 cwt)
5088 Superlative Surprise Major
Composition: G Lindoff
1 Arthur W Hart
2 Bertram Prewett
3 William Pye (C)
4 Harry J Ranzetta
5 Ernest Pye
6 Reuben Saunders
7 Albert W Coles
8 Harry Flanders
First peal in the method: 4. First peal in the method on the bells.
Bell News, Vol: XXX, Year: 1911, Page: 378


Peal Number 14
The London County Association (Late St James’s Society)
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 25 November 1911 in 3 Hrs 24 Mins (20 cwt)
5280 Kent Treble Bob Major
Composition: A Knights
1 Henry T Gowlett
2 William J Kemp
3 Walter G Matthews
4 Richard F Deal (C)
5 Arthur D Barker
6 George W Faulkner
7 William H Theobald
8 Albert Turner
First peal of treble bob: 2
Ringing World, Vol: I, Year: 1911, Page: 613


Peal Number 15
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Thursday, 25 April 1912 in 3 Hrs 4 Mins (20 cwt)
5040 Grandsire Triples
Composition: Parker’s 12 part
1 PC Walter G Darlington
2 PC Ernest Brett
3 PS Arthur W Barkus
4 PC Charles G Jane
5 PC William Bottrill
6 PC Cornelius Charge (C)
7 PC George Charge
8 PC Alfred G Crane
The above are members of the Metropolitan Police Force. This peal is believed to be the first ever rung by a band of policemen.
Rev. A Mercer: Vicar
Peal Board - also Bell News, Vol: XXXI, Year: 1912, Page: 103 (and Ringing World, Vol: II, Page: 292)


Peal Number 16
The Kent County Association
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 24 August 1912 in 3 Hrs 7 Mins (20 cwt)
5056 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composition: C Middleton
1 Frank I Hairs
2 Henry J Ranzetta
3 Isaac Emery
4 Frank Bennett (C)
5 William J Nudds
6 William J Jeffries
7 James E Davis
8 Alfred W Grimes
First peal of Old Cambridge: 5
Bell News, Vol: XXXI, Year: 1912, Page: 395 (and Ringing World, Vol: III, Page: 136)


Peal Number 17
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Monday, 28 October 1912 in 3 Hrs 4 Mins (20 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composition: Thurstans’ Four-Part
1 Alfred W Grimes
2 Arthur W Hart
3 John H B Hesse
4 John W Cornford
5 Bertram Prewett (C)
6 Benjamin S Thompson
7 Albert Turner
8 Walter W Pateman
First peal in the method: 2, 4, 8.
Bell News, Vol: XXXI, Year: 1912, Page: 467 (and Ringing World, Vol: III, Page: 311)


Peal Number 18
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Monday, 12 May 1913 in 2 Hrs 52 Mins (20 cwt)
5040 Grandsire Triples
Composition: J J Parker’s 12-part
1 Frederick A Nunn
2 Arthur W Hart
3 Robert W Green
4 Joseph Barry
5 John W Cornford
6 Henry J Ranzetta (C)
7 Walter Pateman
8 Henry C Stubbs
First peal as conductor.
First peal of Grandsire Triples with a working bell: 5, 7.
First peal: 8. Quickest peal on the bells.
Rung in honour of the birth of a daughter to the ringer of the 5th; also as a birthday compliment to F A Nunn, jun.
Bell News, Vol: XXXII, Year: 1913, Page: 127 (and Ringing World, Vol: IV, Page: 345)


Peal Number 19
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Friday, 26 December 1913 in 3 Hrs 2 Mins (20 cwt)
5184 Kent Treble Bob Major
Composition: H Dains
1 Joseph Barry
2 George M Kiley
3 Robert W Green
4 Arthur W Hart
5 Henry J Ranzetta
6 Harry Kilby
7 John W Cornford
8 Albert Turner (C)
First peal of Treble Bob: 2, 4. First peal of Kent Major: 3
[First peal of Major: 3, 6 (BN)].
First peal as conductor (BN - Albert Turner).
First peal of Major as conductor (RW - Harry Kilby).
The figures of this composition will be found elsewhere.
Bell News, Vol: XXXII, Year: 1914, Page: 523 (and Ringing World, Vol: VI, Page: 4)


Peal Number 20
The London County Association (Late St James’s Society)
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 7 March 1914 in 3 Hrs 9 Mins (20 cwt)
5152 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composition: C Middleton
1 Joseph Barry
2 Christopher H Hughes
3 Arthur D Barker (C)
4 John W Cornford
5 Arthur Jones
6 Thomas H Taffender
7 Albert Turner
8 Harry Flanders
First peal in the method: 1, 7. First peal of Surprise as conductor.
Bell News, Vol: XXXIII, Year: 1914, Page: 19 (and Ringing World, Vol: VI, Page: 172)


Peal Number 21
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 2 May 1914 in 3 Hrs 1 Min (20 cwt)
5024 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
Composition: Cornelius Charge
1 Joseph Barry
2 Albert Turner
3 John W Cornford
4 Arthur W Hart
5 Harry Flanders
6 Reuben Charge
7 George Charge
8 Cornelius Charge (C)
First peal of Double Norwich: 3, 4.
Peal Board - also Bell News, Vol: XXXIII, Year: 1914, Page: 127 (and Ringing World, Vol: VI, Page: 320)


Peal Number 22
The London County Association (Late St James’s Society)
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 30 April 1921 in 2 Hrs 50 Mins (20 cwt)
5040 Grandsire Triples
Composition: Parker’s 12 part
1 Albert Riley
2 William E Judd
3 Harry Franks
4 Lewis W Goodwin
5 Cecil V Ebberson
6 James Bullock
7 Albert Turner (C)
8 Alfred Joyce
First peal: 4. First peal in the method as conductor.
Quickest peal on the bells.
Ringing World, Vol: XVI, Year: 1921, Page: 267


Peal Number 23
The London County Association and North Southwark Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Tuesday, 4 February 1930 in 2 Hrs 52 Mins (20 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composition: Heywood’s Transposition
1 William D Grainger
2 Thomas H Taffender (C)
3 William H Theobold
4 Jack Waugh
5 Albert Turner
6 Ronald H Bullen
7 Leonard H Baybut
8 Harry Yardley
First peal: 8.
First peal on the bells since they were re-hung by Messrs. Taylor and Co., the ‘go’ being excellent.
Ringing World, Vol: XXV, Year: 1930, Page: 115


Peal Number 24
The London County Association and North Southwark Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Tuesday, 20 May 1930 in 3 Hrs Exactly (20 cwt)
5058 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composition: T B Worsley
1 Edward J Brown
2 Thomas H Taffender
3 Charles W Roberts
4 Ronald H Bullen
5 George H Cross (C)
6 Leonard H Baybut
7 Cecil W Pipe
8 Arthur D Barker
Rung on the 20th anniversary of the conductor’s first peal as conductor.
Ringing World, Vol: XXV, Year: 1930, Page: 358


Peal Number 25
The London County Association and North Southwark Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 6 June 1931 in 3 Hrs 1 Min (20 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composition: Thurstan’s One-Part
1 George H Grainger
2 Thomas H Taffender (C)
3 Ernest J King
4 William H Theobald
5 James G A Prior
6 William D Grainger
7 Edward D Smith
8 Harold W W Gain
First of Stedman Triples: 1. First peal: 8.
Ringing World, Vol: XXVI, Year: 1931, Page: 391


Peal Number 26
The London County Association and North Southwark Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 28 November 1931 in 3 Hrs 10 Mins (20 cwt)
5056 Plain Bob Major
Composition: Charles H Martin
1 Maurice R Haynes
2 Challis F Winney
3 William J Norton
4 Albert Turner
5 Arthur F Warren
6 Charles W Ottley
7 Charles H Martin (C)
8 Reginald T Newman
First peal in the method away from the treble: 3.
First peal on eight bells: 5. First peal in the method: 6.
Rung as a welcome to the new Rector, the Rev. T. C. Ralph, BA.,
who was inducted on November 25th.
Ringing World, Vol: XXVI, Year: 1931, Page: 832


Peal Number 27
The Ancient Society of College Youths
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 23 January 1932 in 2 Hrs 54 Mins (20 cwt)
5024 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
Composition: Gabriel Lindoff
1 Joseph S Hawkins
2 Robert W Green
3 Challis F Winney
4 Richard F Deal
5 Albert C Darnell
6 Reginald T Newman
7 Senr., Thomas Groombridge
8 Herbert Langdon (C)
Ringing World, Vol: XXVII, Year: 1932, Page: 83


Peal Number 28
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 1 October 1932 in 3 Hrs Exactly (20 cwt)
5056 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composition: C Middleton
1 Florence K Hartle
2 William R Madgwick
3 Ernest Brett
4 Edwin F Pike
5 Joseph Marks
6 Richard F Deal
7 Charles W Roberts
8 Reginald T Newman (C)
First peal of Cambridge as conductor.
Ringing World, Vol: XXVIII, Year: 1932, Page: 657


Peal Number 29
The London County Association and North Southwark Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 6 May 1933 in 3 Hrs 1 Min (18 cwt)
5056 Kent Treble Bob Major
Composition: H Johnson
1 Frank E Hawthorne
2 Thomas H Taffender (C)
3 Bertha M Mills
4 Ernest J King
5 Francis G Shorter
6 Raymond G Cousins
7 Jack A Waugh
8 William D Grainger
First peal in the method: 5.
Rung on the 23rd anniversaty of the accession of King George V.
Ringing World, Vol: XXVIII, Year: 1933, Page: 308


Peal Number 30
The Ancient Society of College Youths
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 27 January 1934 in 3 Hrs 4 Mins (18 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composition: Thurstans’s Four-Part
1 Challis F Winney (C)
2 Edwin F Pike
3 Joseph S Hawkins
4 J E Lewis Cockey
5 Albert Turner
6 Albert C Darnell
7 Charles W Roberts
8 Charles H Vitler
Ringing World, Vol: XXIX, Year: 1934, Page: 68


Peal Number 31
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 21 November 1936 in 3 Hrs 10 Mins (20 cwt)
5056 Plain Bob Major
Composition: J R Pritchard
1 Reuben Charge
2 Charles Pothecary
3 George A Parsons
4 Richard Newman
5 Albert Turner
6 George Charge
7 Albert C Darnell (C)
8 John G Nash
First peal of Major: 3, 4.
Rung as a birthday compliment to the mother of the 4th ringer; also to commemorate the birth of a son to Mrs Belmaine, daughter of the ringer of the 6th.
Ringing World, Vol: XXXI, Year: 1936, Page: 782


Peal Number 32
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 12 March 1938 in 3 Hrs 10 Mins (20 cwt)
5120 Kent Treble Bob Major
Composition: Not recorded
1 Reuben Charge
2 Richard Newman
3 Frederick Barker
4 Charles Pothecary
5 Ernest E Holman
6 Charles W R Grimwood
7 George Charge
8 Albert Turner (C)
Birthday Compliment to Albert Turner and George Charge [Quoted on peal board only].
First peal of Treble Bob Major: 3 [RW only].
Rev T.C. Ralph B.A. Vicar.
Peal Board - also Ringing World, Vol: XXXIII, Year: 1938, Page: 192


Peal Number 33
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 11 October 1947 in 3 Hrs 16 Mins (20 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composition: Thurstans’s Four-Part
1 George A Parsons
2 Albert W Coles (C)
3 Mabel A Prockson
4 Arthur F Lancaster
5 Robert H Begrie
6 George Charge
7 John G Nash
8 Alfred H Russell
First of Stedman: 4. 150th peal: 7. First peal: 8.
In memoriam Charles Pothecary.
Ringing World, Vol: XLII, Year: 1947, Page: 519


Peal Number 34
The Ancient Society of College Youths
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 31 March 1951 in 2 Hrs 56 Mins (20 cwt)
5024 Rutland Surprise Major
Composition: C W Roberts
1 Nevil G Hollingworth
2 William A Theobald
3 David W Beard
4 Thomas G Fox
5 Brian D Threlfall
6 Robert H Begrie
7 Richard F B Speed (C)
8 James G A Prior
First peal in the method: 2, 3, 6, 8.
Rung on the birthday of the vicar, the Rev. A W Goodwin-Hudson.
Ringing World, Vol: XLVII, Year: 1951, Page: 229


Peal Number 35
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 8 September 1951 in 2 Hrs 58 Mins (20 cwt)
5056 Plain Bob Major
Composition: Cornelius Charge
1 A Edwin Hoare
2 Mabel A Prockson
3 William D Prockson
4 Ronald F H Harman
5 Arthur W J Butler
6 Dennis F Harman
7 Robert H Begrie (C)
8 William J Rawlings
First peal: 4. First of Major: 6. First peal as conductor.
A Festival peal.
Ringing World, Vol: XLVII, Year: 1951, Page: 611


Peal Number 36
The Ancient Society of College Youths
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 13 October 1951 in 2 Hrs 59 Mins (20 cwt)
5056 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composition: Johnson’s Variation
1 William D Prockson
2 David Kingston
3 William A Theobald (C)
4 William H Hewitt
5 William Butler
6 Robert H Begrie
7 Frank L Harris
8 Richard F B Speed
First peal of Surprise: 1. First peal: 2.
First peal in the method: 6. First peal of Surprise Major as conductor.
A wedding compliment to Mr and Mrs T J Fox and for 25th wedding anniversary of H Ranzetta.
Ringing World, Vol: XLVII, Year: 1951, Page: 675


Peal Number 37
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 14 July 1984 in 2 Hrs 49 Mins (17 cwt)
5056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Composition: A J Cox
1 Stephen G Jakeman
2 Joanna Barton
3 Francesca Newman
4 Timothy J S Yates
5 John S Ashcroft
6 Paul Norman
7 Mark J Herbert
8 David J Sheppard (C)
Sponsored peal for replacing treble headstock and belfry restoration.
Rev Reg Simpson, Vicar
Peal Board - also Ringing World, Vol: 3823, Year: 1984, Page: 668


Peal Number 38
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 8 February 1992 in 2 Hrs 52 Mins (17 cwt)
5024 Holloway Road Surprise Major
Composition: John R Mayne
1 Stephanie J Warboys
2 Stephen A Coaker (C)
3 Paul J Butter
4 Derek E Sibson
5 Simon J Davies
6 Ian R Fielding
7 Alan Regin
8 Ian G Campbell
First peal in the Method.
Ringing World, Vol: 4220, Year: 1992, Page: 261


Peal Number 39
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 19 December 1992 in 3 Hrs 4 Mins (17 cwt)
5024 Uxbridge Surprise Major
Composition: John R Mayne
1 Stephanie J Pattenden
2 Rosemary J Duke
3 John S Ashcroft
4 Mark J Herbert
5 Graham A Duke
6 David Holdridge
7 James W Belshaw (C)
8 Lorna E Champney
Ringing World, Vol: 4266, Year: 1992, Page: 1


Peal Number 40
The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 11 September 1993 in 3 Hrs 5 Mins (17 cwt)
5184 Rutland Surprise Major
Composition: Roderick R Horton
1 Henry V Bettinson
2 Pamela J Timms
3 Caroline J Carter
4 Tina R Stoeklin
5 David G Herbert
6 Russell A Brown
7 Stephen A Rossiter
8 John P Loveless (C)
Rung in aid of the Shoreditch bell Restoration Fund
Ringing World, Vol: 4305, Year: 1993, Page: 107


Peal Number 41
Oxford Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 7 May 1994 in 2 Hrs 50 Mins (17 cwt)
5056 Yardley Surprise Major
Composition: A G Driver
1 Brian Bladon
2 Richard J Tibbetts
3 Diana M Bridle
4 Clive Holloway
5 Andrea M Farmer
6 Peter G C Ellis
7 Timothy G Pett (C)
8 Colin M Turner
Ringing World, Vol: 4338, Year: 1994, Page: 612


Peal Number 42
The London County Association
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 7 January 1995 in 3 Hrs 10 Mins (17 cwt)
5088 Bristol Surprise Major
Composition: S Fenwick
1 Robert A Lewis
2 Lucinda J C Reeve
3 Elizabeth A Hibbett
4 Paul J R Daybell
5 Nicholas W H Simon (C)
6 Mark Liebenrood
7 James W Belshaw
8 Stephanie J Pattenden
Ringing World, Vol: 4373, Year: 1995, Page: 167


Peal Number 43
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 2 September 1995 in 3 Hrs 1 Min (17 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composition: Dexter’s No 1
1 Peter J Blight
2 John S Ashcroft
3 Richard J Andrew
4 Pamela E Donovan
5 David C Brown (C)
6 Stephen S Russ
7 Roger Bailey
8 Tom Foard
First Peal: 4, 8. First of Stedman: 1.
Rung in thanksgiving for the life of Patrick Joseph Donovan (21.3.11 - 11.7.95) father of the ringer of the 4th bell.
Ringing World, Vol: 4406, Year: 1995, Page: 1032


Peal Number 44
St James Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 10 August 1996 in 3 Hrs 21 Mins (17 cwt)
5152 Queenborough Surprise Major
Composition: Stanley Jenner
1 Stephen N Whittleton
2 Mark Regan
3 Catherine N Merlane
4 Stephen A Wheeler
5 Alison K Regan
6 David J Dearnley
7 Paul N Mounsey (C)
8 David C Brown
Ringing World, Vol: 4457, Year: 1996, Page: 983


Peal Number 45
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 2 November 1996 in 2 Hrs 56 Mins (17 cwt)
5024 Bristol Surprise Major
Composition: Roger Baldwin
1 Michael J Trimm (C)
2 Fiona E Clode
3 Martin D Clode
4 Ruth M Foreman
5 Ruth Blackwell
6 Nigel Pointer
7 Peter J Blight
8 Roger Bailey
50th peal on tower bells: 7. 1st in the method: 2, 3, 6.
Ringing World, Vol: 4469, Year: 1996, Page: 1282


Peal Number 46
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 6 December 1997 in 3 Hrs 9 Mins (17 cwt)
5184 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
Composition: Roger Bailey
1 Michael J Trimm
2 Roger Bailey (C)
3 Peter J Blight
4 Martin B Sutcliffe
5 Mark J Herbert
6 Edward G Mould
7 James R S Sawle
8 Frank T Blagrove
First peal of Double Norwich: 4.
First peal on the bells since rehanging the bells.
In the centenary year of the Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.
Ringing World, Vol: 4524, Year: 1997, Page: 35


Peal Number 47
The Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Friday, 4 August 2000 in 3 Hrs 10 Mins (17 cwt)
5090 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composition: Brian D Price
1 Roger Bailey (C)
2 Jane L Kostelnyk
3 Penelope J V Sharpe
4 Ruth Simon
5 Matthew J Clarke
6 Peter J Blight
7 Michael J Palmer
8 Mark J Herbert
Ringing World, Vol: 4663, Year: 2000, Page: 890
[This peal was rung on the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother but there was no published footnote]


Peal Number 48
Non Association
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 21 October 2000 in 3 Hrs 9 Mins (17 cwt)
5056 Spliced Surprise Major
(10 m: 608 London; 576 each Rutland, Superlative, Yorkshire;
544 each Lincolnshire, Pudsey, Cambridge;
480 Glasgow; 320 Belfast; 288 Bristol; 127 com, atw)
Composition: Graham A C John
1 Jennifer R Sparling
2 Shirley E McGill
3 Jason R Turnock
4 Simon J Davies
5 Ian K Bushell
6 Stephen A Wheeler
7 Andrew P Warboys (C)
8 Ian R Fielding
In memorium Peter Border.
Ringing World, Vol: 4675, Year: 2000, Page: 1188


Peal Number 49
The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Tuesday, 26 June 2001 in 3 Hrs 13 Mins (17 cwt)
5120 London Surprise Major
Composition: T Hooley
1 S Kathleen M Baldwin
2 Linda M Garton
3 Fiona M Edwards
4 James W Belshaw
5 Roger Baldwin
6 Richard M Hobbs
7 Stephen A Wheeler (C)
8 Russell A Brown
Ringing World, Vol: 4707, Year: 2001, Page: 707


Peal Number 50
Non Association
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Sunday, 17 April 2011 in 3 Hrs 14 Mins (17 cwt)
5024 Spliced Surprise Major
(7m: 992 Spitalfields; 800 Charleston; 768 Heptonstall;
640 Adelaide; 608 each Glasgow, Kenninghall, London; 138 com, atw)
Composition: Graham A C John
1 Stephen A Coaker
2 Shirley E McGill
3 Richard M Hobbs
4 Katherine L Town
5 Andrew J Graham (C)
6 David G Maynard
7 Graham M Bradshaw
8 Ian R Fielding
Remembering E Alan Jacques, Gerald Penney, Rod Pipe, Jim Reeve and Harry Winter.
Ringing World, Vol: 5221, Year: 2011, Page: 515


Peal Number 51
The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 4 June 2011 in 2 Hrs 55 Mins (17 cwt)
5024 Spliced Surprise Major
(4m: 1280 each London, Cambridge, Superlative; 1184 Bristol; 110 com, atw)
Composition: Albert J Pitman
1 Shirley E McGill
2 Ruth Curtis
3 Paul F Curtis
4 Janet E Archibald
5 Mary E Holden
6 Ian G Campbell
7 Ian R Fielding (C)
8 Alan Regin
Ringing World, Vol: 5227, Year: 2011, Page: 677


Peal Number 52
National Guild of Police Ringers
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
Saturday, 28 April 2012 in 3 Hrs 10 Mins (17 cwt)
5040 Grandsire Triples
Composition: J J Parker’s 12 part
1 Raymon A Sheasby
2 Heather L E Peachey
3 Kristian D Scudamore
4 Richard E White
5 William H Dowse
6 Anselm Hartley
7 Keith W Scudamore (C)
8 A Colin Belsey
This peal commemorates the centenary of the first peal, same method and composition, to be rung by a complete band of Police Officers which was rung in this tower on April 25th 1912. The band would like to associate Barry Peachey with this peal who unfortunately could not ring due to illness.
25th peal for the Guild as conductor.
Ringing World, Vol: 5273, Year: 2012, Page: 527


Peal Number 53
The Ancient Society of College Youths
Holloway, London
At St Mary Magdalene
On Saturday, 7 November 2015 in 3 Hrs 3 Mins (17cwt)
5088 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composition: Charles H Kippin
1 Robert J Walters
2 Sheila C Matthews
3 Mervyn A Arscott
4 Christopher H Wardle
5 Michael Chester
6 Stuart C W Hutchieson
7 Owen J Borlase
8 Fergus M S Stracey (C)
On ASCY Dinner Day
Ringing World, Vol: 5459, Year: 2015, Page: 1228




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