St Andrew’s has a ring of eight fine bells, cast by Paul Taylor (“Taylor Paul” of Dorothy Sayers’ mystery story, The Nine Tailors) in Loughborough. They are said to be among the best ring of bells in Yorkshire* though the conditions for ringers are not, perhaps, ideal.
One bone of contention among ringers is that Kildwick is one of the few towers (six at the last count) that retain their Victorian Yorkshire Tail Ends. While these form an important part of our heritage, they are not best suited to modern-style ringing. We love our “Double Sallies” but they are not ideal for ringing peals.
* Lots of people say that sort of thing!
There’s a great deal that can be said about this ancient and very English art – so we have our own website to do that! Visit kildwickringers.org.uk to read more.
When do we ring?
The clock has chimed regularly every quarter hour since the clock was installed in 1709. The “tune” it rings is, as far as we know unique.
The bells are rung “full circle” by one skilled ringer on each rope. We ring for Sunday services – and practice on Thursday evenings. Brides will frequently ask for the bells to announce their wedding – and visitors will ask to come and ring our fine and unique bells.
Use the contact form to find out more. The website admin guy happens also to be a bellringer, so this will get you straight to the right place!