June 15 Part 1

Happy Father’s Day, and Happy Birthday to those who’s special day it is…

Today started out spectacularly. I will deal with yesterday in a separate post.

I went to the church of Our Lady and St. Nicholas, who have a ring of 12that we saw yesterday in an open house because of the Mersey River Festival. More about the festival in the later posting. Because they only had 10 ringers (including me) this morning, I didn’t feel quite so intimidated by a 12. Rang there, with several different bells, but also met the tower captain of the Cathedral. I had intended to show up there just to observe (Cathedral, heaviest bells in the world, highest bells in the world, Sunday service, etc.etc.). The Tower Captain, Peter, (Ooops- I’ve been advised his name is Len. Sorry about that!) refused to allow me just to watch, and although they only had 7 ringers, (including me), made sure I was going to ring. I was a lot intimidated. First rang a bell that was  701kg-  I have rung that weight before, and no major issues. Interesting: the bells are the heaviest, but very hard to hear the fundamental strike from within the ringing chamber. The harmonics are much more prominent, but there is almost a half-muffled effect, with the backstroke much less audible. Then I was asked to do rounds and call changes on the #8 bell, 1260kg, which is more than 250kg heavier than anything I have ever rung. As we made ready, the tower captain said, “why not do Grandsire- you ok with ringing that behind?” Hmmm. A different system, a very heavy bell, and a new tower I can’t hear well. OK. We made it through, though I was a little faster than they wanted me to ring (the tenor sets the pace). They rang some methods while I had a rest, then we finished (so I thought) with rounds as I rang the #4- setting on backstroke. The tower captain then took out a separate piece of rope, hitched it to the bell-rope of the #12 (HEAVY!) bell, and called me over to ring. I was VERY nervous: this bell weighs 4175kg. The sound is AMAZING. He then had me strapping on this bell (assisting in pulling such a heavy bell), and we rang for a while. I was totally impressed, didn’t break things, and was very appreciative of the opportunity and kindness shown by this tower. A very cool Father’s Day

the largest, heaviest, and highest peal of bells in the world, including the second largest bell in Britain (Great George) in the center of the picture

the largest, heaviest, and highest peal of bells in the world, including the second largest bell in Britain (Great George) in the center of the picture Bell # from #12 in upper left of picture, counterclockwise to #1 (hidden behind frame)

for me.

Do I look scared? Watching the Ringing in St. Nicholas, Liverpool

Do I look scared? Watching the Ringing in St. Nicholas, Liverpool

Ringing the #8- heaviest bell I've rung on my own

Ringing the #8- heaviest bell I’ve rung on my own

About Ed Mortimer

I'm a retired school teacher, now living on my narrowboat in Britain. I'm touring as much of the canal and river system as I can. This blog describes what I do and where I've been
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4 Responses to June 15 Part 1

  1. Jeff says:

    Hi Ed, sorry for the delay in sending this to you.
    I took some photos of all the ringers at St. Nicks, and you asked me to send you a copy.
    Have a look here ———>
    http://www.jeffstarley.com/Bell_Ringers/Bell_Ringers.html
    Email me if you would like a copy of the “photo”
    Jeff

  2. Sheila Gibbs says:

    You don’t look a bit nervous, just a little bemused! I would have loved to hear you ring that heavy one….well, any one, but I would’ve liked to see you ring the heavy one!

  3. Andrew says:

    Nice to meet you this morning, and thanks for the write-up – but “Peter”‘s name is Len!

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