[Bell Historians] Kingshithe, was The Botley Youths

Richard Smith richard@ex-parrot.com [bellhistorians] bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Thu Dec 7 22:11:58 GMT 2017

Ted Steele teds.bells at tesco.net [bellhistorians] wrote:

> The date of the Bell’s Life issue is Saturday September 12th 1874 and
> the item says the peal was rung “On Saturday last” so perhaps 5th Sept.
> 1874.
> “On Saturday last the ringers of St. George’s, Kingshithe, achieved on
> their bells a true peal of 5,040 grandsire triples in 3h 33min. The men
> were placed as follows: - James Bricknell treble, Hugh Tritten 2,
> William Spencer 3,John Hillier 5, Samuel Crockford 6, Luke Webster 7,
> William Rowley tenor. Called by Mr Hugh Tritten, Weight of tenor, 33cwt.”

None of these names appear in Bell News.  Okay, Bell News 
only starts eight years later, but one would expect at least 
some of these people still to be ringing or otherwise 
mentioned in Bell News if they were real ringers.

Felstead has no peals on 5 Sept 1874; it has one the 
previous Saturday, 29 Aug, which was Grandsire Triples at St 
Peter's, Hindley.  They're only 13 cwt.

I think this is another clear hoax.  I'm at a loss to know 
the motive of the hoax.  Possibly an obscure joke or 
reference to some contemporary event.  Or maybe just an 
attempt to wind up the editor.  If you're lucky there might 
be a letter or editorial referring to them.


Posted by: Richard Smith <richard at ex-parrot.com>


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