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Did you know? : All Saint tower was built in about 1450.


The Ringing Room

 The ringing room is where the ringers stand while ringing. At All Saints, this is a gallery open to the nave, unlike many towers where the ringers are hidden high in the tower. The gallery was dates from the 1869s and was part of a programme of extensive repairs and modification throughout the Victorian period.

The gallery provides some visibility of the ringing from the body of the church and it provides a good vantage point for two of the church's notable interior features: the splendid roof timbers  and the chalk pillars .

Ringing from an open gallery had two drawbacks: It used to get very hot when the church heating was runnung and it was impossible to hear the bells when noisy music rehearsals were held before services. Bith of those peoblems were solved in 2016 by installing a glass screen in the archway , which protects the ringers from the heat and the noise while still providing a clear view.

The magnificant west window is the most striking feature of the room, filling one wall. It dates from 1885, and was erected in memory of Com. Elliott Mores. See the detailed pictures and description .

THere are many stone Memorials – on the ringing room walls (pictures below) as well as five peal boards, several pictures and certificates from striking competitions .


Pictures

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View from the nave to the ringing gallery
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Nave viewed from the ringing gallery (before screen installation)
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Chalk pillars and south aisle from the gallery
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The nave roof viewd from the gallery
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Ringing
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Ringing
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Ringing practice viewed from above
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Visitors
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Rope 'spider'
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Looking up at ropes hung on spider
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The west window
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West window reflected in the screen
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Base of the gallery screen
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Sarah Nash
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William Nash
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"E N'"
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Alicia Webb & Henrietta Aspley
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"IM gave 40 shillings"
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Mary Holton
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Benjamin Brown

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