St Peter’s Ruddington is fortunate in having a superb ring of eight bells.  They were cast by Taylor’s bellfoundry at Loughborough in 1969.  The old ring that the current peal replaced were a mix of very old bells; the heaviest six originated from the church at Flawforth and two trebles were added to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1888.  They were hung on two frames quite high in the tower and by the late 1960’s, the architect was concerned about the effect of the forces the bells were creating on the structure of the tower.  From the ringers point of view they weren’t as nice as they could be to listen to and they were quite heavy to ring.  The tenor (heaviest) bell weighed some 15cwt.

After much soul searching, the then PCC approved the recasting of the old ring.  Following quotes from both Taylors and their competitors Whitechapel, the former were given the job.  We were promised by Paul Taylor that Ruddington would have the finest 9.5cwt ring in the country; very few would disagree.  The new bells, all on one level and lower in the tower, are indeed excellent; they sound really nice and are very easy to ring.

Ruddington is also blessed with sufficient local ringers to ring all eight bells for most services.  We are always on the look-out for new ringers – you would be most welcome to join us.  Young or old, male or female; it matters not.  Nor do you have to have the physique of Hercules!  We practise on a Thursday night after which most of us adjourn to a local hostelry – ringing is a really social hobby.  We also ring for Sunday service, weddings and other special occasions.


Contact the Church office in the first instance if you would like to find out more.


Sue Rivington
Sue Rivington