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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.

1000th date
Peal Total
NameDate of DeathBiography Image Scanpdf version of BiographyProlific Peal Ringer pdf
Herbert E AudsleyAugust 10, 1987 PPR pdf
Alfred BallardMay 13, 1992 Biography pdf PPR pdf
Henry William John BarrettJune 24, 1995 Biography pdf PPR pdf
Frank BennettNovember 10, 1957 Image PPR pdf
James BennettAugust 9, 1973 PPR pdf
Peter BorderOctober 18, 2000 Biography pdf PPR pdf
Arthur Patrick CannonOctober 10, 1982 Image PPR pdf
John Herbert CheesmanDecember 15, 1939 Image PPR pdf
Charles Thomas ColesFebruary 2, 1946 Image PPR pdf
Joseph William CottonMarch 21, 1985 Image PPR pdf
George William (Bill) CritchleyFebruary 23, 2006 Biography pdf PPR pdf
James E DavisDecember 25, 1944 PPR pdf
George Ernest FearnMay 20, 1974 Image PPR pdf
Michael John FellowsFebruary 8, 1975 Image PPR pdf
William H FussellSeptember 1, 1944 PPR pdf
James GeorgeMarch 10, 1951 Image PPR pdf
Frank Nolan GoldenOctober 27, 1991 Biography pdf PPR pdf
Norman Jesse GoodmanMay 27, 1997 PPR pdf
Keith HartJuly 30, 1947 Image PPR pdf
Edward JenkinsDecember 7, 1971 PPR pdf

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