Ancient Society of College Youths
Merton College
Saturday, 24 August 1889 in 3h 12 (36)
5040 Stedman Triples
Thurstans' Composition
1 Charles Hounslow
2 William Bennett
3 Thomas Short
4 Francis E Dawe (C)
5 Rev F E Robinson
6 Rev G F Coleridge
7 John M Hawes
8 James W Washbrook
The above is the first peal on the bells by eight men alone. They were cast by Christopher Hodson in the year 1680, very ornamental with Crests, Coins, Flowers, &c., and only four peals have as yet been achieved on them. The ringing-chamber, which is a curiosity in itself, is 26½ feet square, and the ringers stand (two on each side) on a stone gallery, only three feet wide, lighted by candles, with a balustrade round it. The opening in the centre, twenty feet square, looks down into the chapel, the tessellated floor of which is sixty feet below. The bells are only twenty feet above the ringers' gallery, and as there is nothing between but a beautifully-designed and richly-carved ornamental oak ceiling, not to be equalled elsewhere, the noise while ringing is very great.

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