Ellacombe Chimes – 200th Anniversary
As some of you may know, as well as the traditional method of ringing the bells at St Margaret’s, we also have a system known as Ellacombe Chimes. These were invented by the Rev. Henry Thomas Ellacombe, who oversaw the installation of ours whilst he was vicar at Clyst St George. He created a system with a set of pulleys which allowed all the bells to be rung by one trusted person as he was said to be fed up with his bell ringers’ wayward behaviour!
This system is found around the world and Saturday 26th June marks the 200th anniversary of their invention. We plan to celebrate this with a small event at the tower.
Given the news that lockdown easing will be delayed, our celebration will be reigned in somewhat. We will still celebrate the anniversary of the chimes, with ringing of the chimes between 12:00 and 13:00 if people wish to come down and listen (we’ll have the door open so people can watch from outside too) but there will be no general ringing or the opportunity for other people to have a go. We’ll save that for a later date.