18th Century

In the year 1742 the old Peal of 6 Bells in the Parish Church of Leeds was augmented to Eight by Mr Harrison of Barrow in Lincolnshire and on June 30th in the same year was Rung on those Bells 5040 Grandsire Tripples in 3 hours and 8 minutes by the following persons

 

bullet Thomas Wormald Treble
Joseph Heaton 2
Richard Grayson 3
William Forrest 4
William Robinson 5
William Smith 6
John Smith 7
Robert Hague Tenor
bullet Conducted by Wm Smith
bullet The first Peal ever Rung in Leeds.

 

February 7th 1743 was rung at Leeds 5040 Bob Tripples in 6 courses and was performed in 2 hours and 40 minutes by the following persons

 

bullet William Smith Treble
Richard Grayson 2
John Smith 3
Robert Hague 4
Thomas Wormald 5
William Forrest 6
John Heaton 7
William Robinson Tenor
bullet Conducted by Wm Smith

 

June 11th 1745
5040 Bob Tripples in 6 courses in 2 hours and 52 minutes

 

bullet William Smith Treble
Richard Grayson 2
John Smith 3
Robert Hague 4
Thomas Wormald 5
William Forrest 6
John Heaton 7
William Robinson Tenor
bullet Conducted by Wm Smith

 

January 20th 1746
was rung at Leeds 5040 Court Bob Tripples which was performed in 2 hours and 54 minutes by the following persons

 

bullet Thomas Wormald Treble
Richard Grayson 2
Richard Wormald 3
John Smith 4
Joseph Heaton 5
William Smith 6
William Forrest 7
Robert Hague Tenor
bullet Conducted by Wm Smith

 

December 25th 1768
was rung at Leeds 5040 Crown Bob Tripples in 6 courses complete consisting of College, London & Oxford Tripples which was rung in 2 hours and 44 minutes by the following persons

 

bullet Thomas Collinson Treble
Thomas Billsbrough 2
William Elbeck 3
William Robinson 4
Thomas Bedford 5
William Smith 6
Morrit Officer 7
Thomas Maud Tenor
bullet Conducted by Wm Smith

 

March 1st 1771
5040 College Double Tripples in 6 courses which was rung in 2 hours and 56 minutes as follows

 

bullet William Smith Treble
Thomas Billsborough 2
William Elbeck 3
Robert Collinson 4
Thomas Bedford 5
William Robinson 6
Thomas Maud 7
Lee Hague Tenor
bullet Conducted by Wm Smith
bullet On the Occasion of the Opening of The General Infirmary at Leeds.

 

January 28th 1783
was rung at Leeds a Complete Peal of Tripples called Double Union or Peace with America containing 5040 changes
which was performed in 3 hours and 10 minutes by the following persons

 

bullet William Smith Treble
J Wheelwright 2
George Smith 3
T Bedford 4
B Shirrow 5
William Elbeck 6
Thomas Maud 7
T Normington Tenor
bullet Composed & Conducted by Wm Smith

 

November 8th 1785
was rung at Leeds Mr Holt's first Peal of Grandsire Tripples in 10 Courses being 5040 Changes which was rung in 3 hours and 7 minutes by the following persons

 

bullet George Smith Treble
William Elbeck 2
James Sawer 3
Thomas Wigglesworth 4
Josh Tebbs 5
B Shirrow 6
T Normington 7
William Nichols Tenor
bullet Conducted by Wm Elbeck

 

November 8th 1786
was Rung at Leeds the Whole Peal of Bob Tripples containing 5040 Changes and was performed in 2 hours and 55 minutes by the following persons

 

bullet T Bedford Treble
James Sawer 2
J Tebbs 3
Thomas Wigglesworth 4
William Preston 5
B Shirrow 6
T Normington 7
T Lee Tenor
bullet Conducted by B Shirrow

 

June 4th 1788
5088 Oxford Treble Bob Major in 3 hours and 20 minutes

 

bullet William Elbeck Treble
J Wheelwright 2
T Bedford 3
J Atkinson
William Preston
B Shirrow
J Tebbs
T Normington Tenor
bullet Conducted by T Normington

 

September 22nd 1789 was rung by the Leeds Society of Change Ringers, a complete Peal of College Exercise, consisting of 5632 Changes which was manfully performed in 3 hours and 25 minutes by the following persons

 

bullet J Wheelwright Treble
J Ardsley 2
William Elbeck 3
J Holms 4
William Preston 5
B Shirrow 6
J Tebbs 7
T Normington Tenor
bullet Composed & Conducted by J Tebbs

 

10,080
December 27th 1790 was rung by the St Peters Company at Leeds a Correct Peal of Oxford Treble Bob consisting of Ten Thousand and Eighty Changes which was correctly rung in 6 hours and 15 minutes this being the greatest length up to the present time ever rung in Yorkshire.

 

bullet G Smith &
T Wigglesworth Treble
J Ardsley 2
J Sawer &
William Elbeck 3
B Stocks 4
William Preston 5
B Shirrow 6
J Tebbs 7
T Normington Tenor
without any assistance
bullet Composed & Conducted by J Tebbs

 

November 5th 1793
was rung by the St Peters Company a complete peal of Oxford Treble Bob Major
consisting of 5088 changes which was rung in 3 hours and 15 minutes

 

bullet Thomas Wigglesworth ,Treble
J Ardsley 2
William Preston 3
B Stocks 4
B Tebbs 5
B Shirrow 6
T Normington 7
J Tebbs Tenor
bullet Conducted by J Tebbs
bullet This being the last peal on the old Peal of eight.

 

February 5th 1798
The new peal of 10 bells, cast by Thomas Mears of Whitechapel, London was formally opened by the St Peters Company of Change Ringers Leeds with a single Course of Grandsire Cators after which the Society of Change Ringers from Ashton, Lancashire went up and rung a complete Peal of Grandsire Cators consisting of 6000 changes, which was rung in 4 Hours and 43 Minutes.
This peal of Ten Bells first rung Feby 5th, 1798, and on Decr 25th was Rung by the St Peters Company of Change Ringers a compleat Peal of Grandsire Cators consisting of 5040 Changes which was performed in 3 Hours and 37 Minutes, by the following Persons

 

bullet Wm Ellbeck Treble
Tho Wigglesworth 2
Josph Whitaker 3
James Sawer 4
Wm Shaw 5
bullet Differences between peal board and record book???