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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.

1000th date
Peal Total
ForenamesSurnameDate of DeathBiographyProlific Peal ringers
Herbert EAudsleyAugust 10, 1987 PPR
FrankBennettNovember 10, 1957 Biog PPR
JamesBennettAugust 9, 1973 PPR
PETERBORDEROctober 18, 2000 Biog PPR
Arthur PatrickCannonOctober 10, 1982 Biog PPR
John HerbertCheesmanDecember 15, 1939 Biog PPR
Charles Thomas ColesFebruary 2, 1946 Biog PPR
Joseph William CottonMarch 21, 1985 Biog PPR
George William (Bill) CritchleyFebruary 23, 2006 Biog PPR
James EDavisDecember 25, 1944 PPR
George Ernest FearnMay 20, 1974 Biog PPR
Michael John FellowsFebruary 8, 1975 Biog PPR
William HFussellSeptember 1, 1944 PPR
James GeorgeMarch 10, 1951 Biog PPR
Frank Nolan GoldenOctober 27, 1991 Biog PPR
Norman JesseGoodmanMay 27, 1997 PPR
Keith HartJuly 30, 1947 Biog PPR
EdwardJenkinsDecember 7, 1971 PPR

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