|A Grade II Listed Building in Settle, North Yorkshire|
Thursday, 1 February 2018
Sunday, 29 October 2017
After the Heritage day at St Oswald's church, I was lucky enough to be contacted as they liked my photos, so I asked if I could go up the tower. (Link at bottom of post)
.....so today I got my wish.
I met Tony (guide on Heritage day). After a very dull week the sun was shining making the trip out onto the roof very special as you could see for miles across Guiseley, up to wards Yeadon and Rawdon.
|Door to tower|
I loved this beautiful Bell stained glass window.
On this floor was the ropes for the bell ringers, I got to see the clocks pendulum. As well as look out of the two windows on this level.
Plaque showing the bells arriving and being fitted in the tower.
Change ringing is the art of ringing a set of tuned bells in a controlled manner to produce variations in their striking sequences. This may be by method ringing in which the ringers commit to memory the rules for generating each change, or by call changes, where the ringers are instructed how to generate each new change by calls from a conductor. This creates a form of bell music which is continually changing, but which cannot be discerned as a conventional melody.
Change ringing originated following the invention of English full-circle tower bell ringing in the early 17th century, when bell ringers found that swinging a bell through a large arc gave more control over the time between successive strikes of the clapper. This culminated in the custom of ringing bells through a full circle, which enabled ringers to accurately ring continually-changing sequences, known as "changes".
Speed control of a tower bell is exerted by the ringer only when each bell is mouth upwards and moving slowly near the balance point; this constraint and the intricate rope manipulation involved normally requires that each bell has its own ringer. The considerable weights of full-circle tower bells also means they cannot be easily stopped or started, and the change of speed between successive strikes is limited. This in turn places basic limitations on the rules for generating easily-rung changes; each bell must strike once in each sequence, but its order of striking in successive changes can only change by one place.
Change ringing is practised worldwide, but it is by far most common on church bells in English churches, where it first developed. Change ringing is also performed on handbells, where conventionally each ringer holds two bells, and chimed on carillons and chimes of bells; though these are more commonly used to play conventional melodies.(LINK)
|Through the window.|
|Through the "Bell" window.|
|Looking down the steps.|
We had to climb through a little hatch onto the roof, legs felt like jelly as I suffer really bad from vertigo, but wasn't going to miss out on the view. I would have liked to have taken a panoramic photo, but I was holding onto the side for my life....
|Looking over to the Medieval field system|
Thankfully I managed to get back down with my wobbly legs. I would like to say a big thank you to St Oswald's church and Tony my guide. The tower is about 60 foot high.