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Wigan's church bells

Started by: i-spy (14979) 

They seem to have been silent of late.
Are they allowed to ring out for Christmas ?

Started: 16th Dec 2020 at 20:07

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6595)

Yoo have got to laugh haven't yoo

Replied: 16th Dec 2020 at 20:27

Posted by: berylh (2060)

I think it is something to do with the ringing tower size and if there is space for social distancing in there when the team ring. That Is what we have been told in our churches, so we haven't had a full peal in some time - very occassional ringing with just 2 ringers in the tower

Replied: 16th Dec 2020 at 20:41

Posted by: i-spy (14979) 

It's a shame because the ringers put so much into it.

Replied: 16th Dec 2020 at 21:01

Posted by: berylh (2060)

They do i-spy, and there is nothing like it on a summers morning on the way to church - always sounds like a celebration. I know our bell ringers are sad not ring in the same way. Also where I live all churches are not open every sunday, we have 5 churches in our parish and mainly they are taing in turns to open and we also do Zoom (active) church for those who cannot attend in person. So that also means even less ringing.

Replied: 16th Dec 2020 at 21:08

Posted by: jo anne (33394) 

Perhaps this Christmas is just not the rite chime, I-Spy.

Replied: 17th Dec 2020 at 09:31

Posted by: berylh (2060)

jo anne

Replied: 17th Dec 2020 at 13:18

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6595)

Ice Pie

Yoo should go and show the bell ringers of St James & St Thomas's how to ring their bells

https://youtu.be/nOHJCIsjamk

Replied: 17th Dec 2020 at 13:34

Posted by: i-spy (14979) 

I think there's a shortage of ringers.
Jo Anne would probably say it doesn't a peal to everyone

Replied: 17th Dec 2020 at 16:22

Posted by: sonlyme (2786)

give them a bell i spy.

Replied: 17th Dec 2020 at 16:31

Posted by: i-spy (14979) 

Sonlyme
My ding a ling isn't what it used to be

Replied: 17th Dec 2020 at 16:36

Posted by: sonlyme (2786)

snap

Replied: 17th Dec 2020 at 16:57

Posted by: jo anne (33394) 

Bell Ringing - wiganparishchurch.org

Photo Tour - The Tower

In the belfry of the Tower is a peal of ten bells, and a small bell known as the Priest's Bell.

I didn’t realise the collective noun is “a peal”.

Replied: 17th Dec 2020 at 17:34

Posted by: i-spy (14979) 

I'm here to educate

Replied: 17th Dec 2020 at 18:25

Posted by: jo anne (33394) 

“There will be priest in our chimes.”

The Priest Bell
This bell was originally used to call the Priest in from the fields when it would have been customary for him to hold another position in the parish such as gentleman farmer.

It seems most of Wigan Parish Church’s bells, including the priest bell, were cast by Rudhall of Gloucester. (Link)

But guess where Leigh’s priest bell was made - Thread:

Cast at Wigan in 1715 by Luke Ashton … the bell was falling into disrepair so restored and hung here to commemorate the restoration of the church's historic ring of eight bells in the spring of 2010.

Replied: 18th Dec 2020 at 08:41

Posted by: i-spy (14979) 

He was probably in the pub not the field

Replied: 18th Dec 2020 at 11:02

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

I hope they "let the Bells ring out for Christmas", or it'll be a load of clapper. (Not Bill Lyons)

Replied: 18th Dec 2020 at 11:10

Posted by: jo anne (33394) 

I agree, TerryW; no bells this year & they’ll have dropped a clanger.

Replied: 18th Dec 2020 at 13:20

Posted by: berylh (2060)

Have you lot ever though of working the Christmas cracker business

Replied: 20th Dec 2020 at 11:36

Posted by: tonker (23077) 

Joanne said,

"The Priest Bell
This bell was originally used to call the Priest in from the fields when it would have been customary for him to hold another position in the parish such as gentleman farmer."

However, back in the day, it would have been customary for the parish priest in Wigan to hold the position of Tax Collector!

Replied: 20th Dec 2020 at 11:49

Posted by: jo anne (33394) 

So whenever someone owed their taxes, the priest would be there with bells on?

Replied: 20th Dec 2020 at 16:51

Posted by: i-spy (14979) 

No doubt ringing the money out of them.
By the way why do so many priests wear a trilby ?

Replied: 20th Dec 2020 at 17:00

Posted by: jo anne (33394) 

I don’t know, I-Spy. If there is a reason then
… it doesn’t ring a bell.

Replied: 20th Dec 2020 at 17:52

Posted by: tonker (23077) 

In 'them days', the Wigan parish priest was selected from an aristocratic background. In particular, George Thomas Orlando Bridgeman springs to mind.
Son of an Earl, he ended up in Wigan (shook hands the right way!) and held all the glebe land in the town. The rents were all his.

Replied: 20th Dec 2020 at 18:57

 

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