Lancashire Association
St Mary the Virgin
Tuesday, 11 August 1885 in 35m
1152 Kent Treble Bob Major
1 James O'Brien
2 John Eachus
3 Edward Cash
4 Samuel West
5 James Barratt
6 Charles Cash
7 Thomas Heald
8 George H Johnson (C)
On Tuesday evening, August 11th, eight members of the above Association met at Eccles parish church, for the purpose of attempting a peal of Kent Treble Major, with the bells half-muffled, as a token of respect to the late Rev. H. T. Ellacombe, a notice of whose death appeared in last week’s "Bell News," and after ringing about 1000 changes, two of the muffles came off, and the conductor called "stand."
After these had been put right, a touch of 1152 Treble Bob was rung in 35 mins.
Messrs. Eachus and West belong to Manchester Cathedral; O Brien and Heald to St. Philip’s, Hulme; the rest belong to the local company.
[Bell News, August 15, 1885, p160]

This performance was rung in memoriam In memoriam — Rev. Henry Thomas Ellacombe (1790 - 1885) .

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