St Mary Low Harrogate [was a couple of questions]

Andrew Aspland aaspland at
Mon Oct 22 12:58:52 BST 2007

  This should be fascinating; not least because the building of this
magnificent church occasioned the demise of the old ring of eight and its
replacement in the ample central tower by the beautiful Taylor chime.



  _[Andrew Aspland] The six bells were installed in 1866 and augmented in
1891 then were not rung after 1903.  My interest was sparked off by the (now
broken) glass peal board recording the one and only peal rung in Harrogate
(1902) before new bells went in at St Peters in the 1960s.  Through the
Yorkshire report (from 1875 onwards) I have been able to track the
membership and the members' addresses and I have photographed the houses
that I could locate.  Kelly's and Robinson's directories have given me
further information about the ringers' occupations and domestic
circumstances.  The online 1901 Census (and earlier ones) have enabled me to
trace some of their families.  But Bell News has opened a whole new avenue
of information - highlights include publication of various 720s and other
touches - my discovery of the Ripon and District Association - bellringers
outings to and from Harrogate etc. etc.

  And now a few loose ends:
  Fred Durdy was a ringer at Everton Notts and moved to Harrogate c1895 -
does the North Notts Association have more information about him - beyond
that in Bell News?
  What happened to the Ripon and District Association?
  One J Fozard rang with the band from 1895 to 1900 - never a member of the
YACR - did he previously ring elsewhere?
  One J Robnett rang in a 360 of Bob Minor by a Harrogate band in 1885 -
this was not his first - has he escaped all Census returns?
  And the big one - what were the circumstances surrounding the installation
of a chime in the new church?

  Anyone fancy picking up these threads?


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