There are eight bells in the belfry, the oldest of which are four made by Abraham Rudhall of Gloucester in 1713-14. The original ring of six were re hung in a new cast iron frame, the existing trebles re cast and two new trebles cast all by John Taylor of Loughborough and all installed to complete the octave in 1922-23.
Details of the Bells can be seen here.
Methods regularly rung include:
- Plain Bob Doubles, Minor, Triples & Major
- Grandsire Doubles & Triples
- Single Oxford Bob Triples
- Stedman Doubles & Triples
We are members of the Chester Guild of Change Ringers.
The peal of London Surprise Major at St. Mary’s Nantwich on Sunday 14 June, in celebration of the octocentenary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, was stopped after 30 minutes following a number of minor trips which indicated the quality of the ringing may fall below a satisfactory level. The method was changed to Yorkshire Surprise Major (a more straightforward surprise method) and a good peal was rung in two hours and fifty five minutes. Local ringer George Basford (15) from Crewe, rang his first peal of treble bob hunting and was warmly congratulated afterwards by his mother and grandparents who had listened to the peal whilst enjoying a walk around Nantwich.
“Upon St Crispin’s Day”
A good peal to commemorate the sexcentenary of the Battle of Agincourt was rung “upon St Crispin’s Day” at St Mary, Nantwich, by a band of ringers from Cheshire. As this was the first time the method has been rung, it has been named by the band “St Crispin’s Day Surprise Major”. The peal took 3 hours and 5 minutes and was rung at the first attempt. The composition called produced some very nice music (all 144 combination roll-ups, 20 each 8765 and 8756 off the front, and all seven near misses) and was enjoyed by all the band. The trickiest bit for me was counting the eleven consecutive dodges on the front (I kept running out of fingers!). The peal was attributed to the Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers and was the 104th rung at Nantwich. Anyone interested in learning more about bell ringing (perhaps to find out what’s a combination roll-up) is welcome to come to one of our Thursday night practices (see Contacts).
Stefan Zientek (Tower Captain)
We enjoy ringing and are keen to share our skills. Young or old, if you would like to visit the tower, discuss learning to ring or joining us if you already ring please make contact via:
41 Welsh Row,
Phone: 01270 628900