St Michael’s limestone bell tower was built in 1887 in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.
Ten years later, a ring of eight bells, cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough, were installed to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. Our bells are well known across the UK and attract ringers from far and wide. An inspection in 1992 by Nicholson Engineering reported that, when installed, they were almost certainly the finest ring of eight in the world. Although it’s possible they have since been equalled they still form one of the finest ringing peals anywhere.
St Michael’s bells have been rung to call people to worship, to celebrate special occasions and to mark important national events ever since they were installed. Indeed, our practice night has been held every Thursday (circumstances allowing) for over 125 years!
Our ringers come from all walks of life and all ages. Most ringers practise once or twice a week and ring before church services on a Sunday. We also ring for weddings, funerals, other local events and, sometimes, just for fun.