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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
ForenamesSurnameDate of DeathBiography Image Scanpdf version of BiographyProlific Peal Ringer pdf
Herbert EAudsleyAugust 10, 1987 Biog
AlfredBallardMay 13, 1992 Biog Biog
Henry William JohnBarrettJune 24, 1995 Biog Biog
FrankBennettNovember 10, 1957 Biog Biog
JamesBennettAugust 9, 1973 Biog
PeterBorderOctober 18, 2000 Biog Biog
Arthur PatrickCannonOctober 10, 1982 Biog Biog
John HerbertCheesmanDecember 15, 1939 Biog Biog
Charles ThomasColesFebruary 2, 1946 Biog Biog
Joseph WilliamCottonMarch 21, 1985 Biog Biog
George William (Bill)CritchleyFebruary 23, 2006 Biog Biog
James EDavisDecember 25, 1944 Biog
George ErnestFearnMay 20, 1974 Biog Biog
Michael JohnFellowsFebruary 8, 1975 Biog Biog
William HFussellSeptember 1, 1944 Biog
JamesGeorgeMarch 10, 1951 Biog Biog
Frank NolanGoldenOctober 27, 1991 Biog Biog
Norman JesseGoodmanMay 27, 1997 Biog
KeithHartJuly 30, 1947 Biog Biog
EdwardJenkinsDecember 7, 1971 Biog

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