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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 has researched the lives of ringers who have rung 1,000 or more peals. His articles are published are 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
NameDate of DeathThousandth Peal DateBiography Image Scanpdf version of BiographyProlific Peal Ringer pdf
Francis Edward RobinsonFebruary 16, 1910August 9, 1905 Image PPR pdf
William PyeMarch 8, 1935December 16, 1911 Image PPR pdf
Isaac G ShadeJuly 19, 1926April 26, 1913 PPR pdf
Ernest PyeDecember 8, 1915March 27, 1915 PPR pdf
George WilliamsJanuary 28, 1949September 16, 1922 Image PPR pdf
Frank BennettNovember 10, 1957December 27, 1924 Image PPR pdf
George Robert PyeMarch 31, 1945April 9, 1927 Image PPR pdf
James GeorgeMarch 10, 1951October 6, 1928 Image PPR pdf
Alfred Henry PullingJuly 6, 1959June 7, 1930 Image PPR pdf
Keith HartJuly 30, 1947April 6, 1931 Image PPR pdf
James E DavisDecember 25, 1944November 27, 1933 PPR pdf
William H FussellSeptember 1, 1944September 13, 1934 PPR pdf
John Herbert CheesmanDecember 15, 1939December 17, 1935 Image PPR pdf
Charles Thomas ColesFebruary 2, 1946July 24, 1943 Image PPR pdf
James BennettAugust 9, 1973July 24, 1943 PPR pdf
Ernest MorrisApril 21, 1962August 28, 1947 Image PPR pdf
Harold Joseph PooleJuly 14, 1955December 11, 1952 Image PPR pdf
George Ernest FearnMay 20, 1974September 2, 1953 Image PPR pdf
Charles William RobertsAugust 18, 1984November 19, 1953 Biography pdf PPR pdf
Herbert E AudsleyAugust 10, 1987April 18, 1955 PPR pdf

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