The Guiseley Bells
Bell Ringing at St Oswald’s
If you’ve ever wondered what bell ringing was all about come and try the WOMBEL at the Summer Gala on Saturday 21 June. Intrigued? It’s not a furry animal but an extremely safe way of demonstrating the art of handling a tower bell. This could be just the encouragement you need to take up a new hobby - one that will last a life-time, provide a never ending opportunity to learn and, above all, a whole new set of friends from 10 -90. Not many hobbies can promise that - come and give it a try!
For all enquiries, in the first instance please contact the Tower Captain and Ringing Master Brian Haigh. Tel: 01943 873775 or click here to contact him by e-mail.
If you wish to arrange bells for a wedding, please contact a member of the clergy team.
This picture of a bell is part of a window in the ringing chamber at Guiseley. Below the bell, a short inscription is shown:
"Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be."
Last verse of the poem "Ring Out, Wild Bells" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. To read the complete poem, click here.
Guiseley church has a fine ring of eight bells, the board in the tower showing:
St. Oswald's Guiseley
|The eight bells in this tower were recast and rehung with new fittings in a new
cast iron frame in 1946 by Gillett & Johnston, Croydon
The bells were re-dedicated on the 3rd August 1946, by
|1||F||Recast by Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1946||4||3||21|
|2||E||Recast by Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1946||5||0||13|
|3||D||Recast by Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1946||5||1||16|
|4||C||Recast by Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1946||6||0||22|
|5||Bb||Recast by Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1946||8||0||0|
|6||A||Recast by Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1946||9||1||4|
|7||G||Recast by Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1946||12||2||17|
|8||F||Recast by Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1946||16||3||7|
The Venerable Sidney E. Lowe, Archdeacon of Bradford and Rector of Guiseley.
The bells are currently rung on Sunday mornings between 9 and 9.30am and on Friday evenings between 7.30 and 9pm. There is no ringing on Good Friday or on other Public Holidays. Please contact us if unsure.
We welcome visiting ringers at our normal ringing times. At other times outing organisers, quarter and full peal attempt organisers should email (preferably) or write to the tower secretary requesting the necessary permission. This will allow us to check with the Rector for other bookings. Standard fees apply to visiting ringers outside normal ringing times.