St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
St Peter Mancroft has a long and proud ringing history. In our History pages you will find out about the first ever peal in the world that was rung there, in 1715. Years later, Samuel Thurston was instrumental in pushing the boundaries of change ringing. This tradition is being carried on even today. St Peter's has a strong band of ringers, who have ambitious plans to celebrate the 300th anniversary of that first peal. They plan to raise £380,000 to re-instate the old ringing gallery and thus reduce the tremendous draught, to install sound control that can be opened for services or closed for practice, and to create a ringing centre with dumb bells, teaching aids and historical artifacts.
The photos below, taken by Gordon Rendell, show the immense size of this church. If you look carefully on the photo showing the organ, you can see the rope guides and bellropes.