Fabian Steadman, sometimes referred to as “The Father of Change Ringing” was born in the village of Yarkhill and was baptised in the church on 7th December 1640. His father, Francis, was rector at St John’s between 1625 and 1671. It was during that time that a ring of four bells was installed in the tower. A new light ring of eight was installed in 2011 with the bells cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd. The tenor bell weighs 228 kg and the ring is tuned to D. There have been discussions about hanging the old ring of four so they can be sounded again. But at the moment, no concrete plans have been made public. The lightest three of the bells were cast in 1671 by John II Martin. The fourth bell, the tenor, was cast in 1636 by John Finch.
Holy Trinity has a ring of eight bells cast in 1886 by Mears & Stainbank. The tenor bell weighs around 13 cwt and the ring is in the key of G. There is also a 1 cwt service bell.
There is a small car park to the west of the church. This is normally kept locked shut.
The Minster Church of St John Evangelist has a ring of twelve bells with the tenor bell weighing 881 kg and tuned to the key of F. The back eight bells were cast in 1920 by Mears & Stainbank and were originally hung in Holy Trinity, Bolton. The ring was augmented to ten in 1997, when the back eight were installed to replace the previous ring, with the addition of two treble bells cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd. Two further bells were added in 2003, also cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd, to form the current ring of twelve.
About the Bells
Dedication: Minster Church of St John Evangelist
Bells: 12 bells. Tenor 17-1-10 (881 kg) in F
Association: Lancashire Association / Preston Branch
Practice Night: Tuesday 7.45 pm to 9.15 pm
Sunday Ringing: 9 am to 9.30 am
Address: Church Street, Preston. PR1 3BT
There is a small area for parking cars on the south side of the Minster which can be accessed from Rose Street.
Radcliffe Parish Church possess an impressive sounding peal of 8 Taylor bells, cast in 1923. The ring is in the key of F♯ and the tenor bell weights 765 kg.
About The Bells
Dedication: Saint Mary
Bells: 8 bells. Tenor 15-0-6 (765 kg) in F♯
Association: Lancashire Association / Rossendale Branch
Practice Night: Monday. 7.30 pm to 9 pm
Sunday Ringing: Not Known
Address: Church Green, Radcliffe, Manchester. M26 2QA
There is a convenient (free) car park off Church Green to the north east of the Church, very close to the entrance to the Church grounds.