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Marple, All Saints Church

Church Tower

The detached tower at All Saints, Marple.

The detached tower at All Saints Church, Marple, is home to a fine ring of 8 bells. The original six bells, cast in 1731 by Abraham II Rudhall, were from Stockport Parish Church. They were installed here in 1816. Two trebles were added in 1963 cast by John Taylor and Co. of Loughborough when the existing Rudhall bells were rehung and the tower strengthened following demolition of the church.

The tower was part of a church built in 1811. However, during the 1870s it was found that the church was too small and the building was not suitable for extension. A new church was built 30 metres to the south of the existing building. Used for occasional services up to 1964, the original church was demolished as the building was unsafe.

About The Bells

Dedication: All Saints
Bells: 8 bells. Tenor 691 kg in F – A ground floor ring in a detached tower
Association: Chester Diocesan Guild
Practice Night: Monday (no time is given)
Sunday Ringing: Not Known.
Address: 155 Church Lane, Marple. SK6 7LD (Google Maps)

Visiting The Church

There is a good car park accessed from Church Lane on the south side of the church.

Ten, Eight and Six of Eight

Or . . . Three in a day.

Nothing really spectacular in ringing, but I think worth of note. Today for Remembrance Sunday  we rang at all three Blackburn towers for the morning services. As far as we know it has never been done before. Seven of us rang at all three towers.

  • 08:45 to 09:30 The Cathedral Church of Saint Mary the Virgin – 11 ringers present
  • 10:00 to 10:30 Saint Silas – 10 ringers present
  • 11:00 – 11:45 Saint Judes – 11 ringers present
Blackburn Cathedral. Lancashire.

Blackburn Cathedral. Lancashire.

Blackburn. Saint Silas' Church.

Blackburn. Saint Silas’ Church.

Blackburn. Saint Jude's Church

Blackburn. Saint Jude’s Church

Peal 852

Lancashire Association
Blackburn, Lancashire
St , Jude
Sunday, 16 August 2015 in 2hrs 38 mins (6 -0-25)
5,088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Composed by D. F. Morrison

  1. Barbara D Murray
  2. Christine Silkstone
  3. Daniel J Vernon
  4. L Martin Daniels
  5. Colin Woods
  6. David T G Jones
  7. Raymond A Hutchings
  8. Gordon R Birks (C)

Rung on the Lancashire Peal Week

Blackburn. Saint Jude's Church

Blackburn. Saint Jude’s Church

It ended with a bang!

Friday, 27th March should have seen us ring our normal fourth Friday peal at Farnworth. This month we were ringing Livermorium Surprise Major.

Unfortunately things came to a sudden stop at the end of the second course, just before 15 minutes of ringing, when the clapper on the sixth parted company with the bell.

The Clapper and Crown Staple

The Clapper and Crown Staple

On further inspection it appears that the crown-staple nut had worked. This allowed the crown-staple to fall out and hit the mouth of the bell causing the fracture you can see in this picture.

Damaged beyond repair

Damaged beyond repair