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Prolific Peal Ringers

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For three centuries, the peal has been the “gold standard” ringing performance and ringing peals has ranked high among the aspirations of leading ringers. The records of peals are more complete than for any other ringing, making them an important indicator of ringing activity.

Peal ringing grew erratically during the 18th and early 19th centuries and then grew much more strongly from the 1870s, rising more or less continually to the current level of around 5,000 peals per year (apart from wartime dips). The first person to ring 1,000 peals did so in 1905, since when increasing numbers of ringers have done so, with some going on to ring 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and even 7,000.

Bill Butler was a consultant to the Biographies Committee, and researched the lives of ringers who have rung 1,000 or more peals. His articles have been published progressively in The Ringing World. Those listed below have already been published – more will follow.

This page shows the list ordered according to when each ringer reached 1000 peals.

1000th date
Peal Total
ForenamesSurnameThousandth Peal DateBiographyProlific Peal ringers
Francis EdwardRobinsonAugust 9, 1905 Biog PPR
William PyeDecember 16, 1911 Biog PPR
Isaac GShadeApril 26, 1913 PPR
ErnestPyeMarch 27, 1915 PPR
George WilliamsSeptember 16, 1922 Biog PPR
FrankBennettDecember 27, 1924 Biog PPR
George Robert PyeApril 9, 1927 Biog PPR
James GeorgeOctober 6, 1928 Biog PPR
Alfred Henry PullingJune 7, 1930 Biog PPR
Keith HartApril 6, 1931 Biog PPR
James EDavisNovember 27, 1933 PPR
William HFussellSeptember 13, 1934 PPR
John HerbertCheesmanDecember 17, 1935 Biog PPR
Charles Thomas ColesJuly 24, 1943 Biog PPR
JamesBennettJuly 24, 1943 PPR
ErnestMorrisAugust 28, 1947 Biog PPR
Harold Joseph PooleDecember 11, 1952 Biog PPR
George Ernest FearnSeptember 2, 1953 Biog PPR
Charles William RobertsNovember 19, 1953 Biog PPR
Herbert EAudsleyApril 18, 1955 PPR

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