Bellringing at All Saints Wraxall

click a picture for larger image






- Have a go! -

Download this program onto your computer and you give bell ringing a try!! --
download ringbell

Practice every monday night at the tower from 7.30 till 9. Everyone is welcome

- Message from the Tower Captain -

Wraxall Church Tower contains a fine ring of eight bells in the key of E flat.

The weight of the tenor bell is just over 22 cwt. The oldest bells were cast by Edward Bilbie of Chew Stoke in 1705.

We have a band of ringers who meet every Monday evening to practice and also ring for service on Sunday mornings. We are all members of the Chew branch of the Bath and Wells Association of Change Ringers, which holds regular ringing practices at other local towers.

We are always happy to welcome anyone who would like to learn the very English art of change ringing on church bells, age or gender does not matter any body can learn.

The tower is also home for the church clock, which is regularly wound up and kept showing the correct time by the Verger. The clock strikes every hour on the tenor bell.

In the ringing room there is what is known as an Ellacombe Apparatus, which enables the bells to be sounded by pulling on a system of ropes. This can be carried out by one person who can ring simple rounds or may decide to ring hymn tunes by reading numbers from a card.

There are a number of peal boards adorning the walls in the ringing room, which record performances by bands of ringers who rang to celebrate a special occasion. A full peal can take 3 hours or more to accomplish. Some of these boards are more than 100 years old. As well as being a magnificent feature of the church architecture the tower plays an important part in the activities of the church and we feel privileged to be a part of this.

Bob Caton, Tower Captain

- Bell Information -

Number Note Cwt. Qr. Lbs. Made Date Dia. Inscription
1 (Treble) E Flat 5 1 22 John Taylor 1894 29 Domino salvam facie Reginam. Anno regni Victoria Reginae Quinquagesimo Septimo.
2 D 5 2 21 John Taylor 1894 30 Nos Deo Laudem Dabimas Magnam.
3 C 5 3 4 Edward Bilbie 1705 31.5 Thoft my voice it is but small I will be herd amongst all. (2 coins of William II are cast in)
4 B Flat 6 1 14 Edward Bilbie 1705 33 RB. TP. (Also 2 Coins of William II)
5 A Flat 11 0 0 John Taylor 1894 38.5 Det Deus pacem nobis diurnam.
6 G 11 1 6 John Taylor 1894 39.5 In terra Deo tollimus gloriam.
7 F 14 0 0 Edward Bilbie 1705 44.5 Sir Edward Gorges.
8 (Tenor) E Flat 22 3 1 John Taylor 1894 50 Nobis aeternam det Deus vitam. Anno Regni Victoria Reginae Quinquagesimo.