The Ancient
Society of
College
Youths
Est. 1637

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LANDMARKS IN THE HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY

Lord Brereton 1637 5th Nov. The Society was founded. William Lord Brereton served as the first Master.
Stone carving of Lord Brereton in Brereton Hall (part of a mantlepiece).
c.1642 The Society rang "a plain six-score on five bells".
c.1650 Robert Roan (Master in 1652) invented Grandsire Doubles and Bob Minor.
1668 Tintinnalogia published, dedicated to "the Noble Society of Colledge-Youths".
1677 Campanologia published, containing Stedman's Principle.
1684 18th Nov. Three 720s rung consecutively on the back six bells at Southwark.
1690 7th Jan. "The whole peal of Plain Bob Triples" believed to have been rung at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate.

St Bride's, Fleet Street

1725 19th Jan. The first peal on 12-bells was rung - 5060 Grandsire Cinques at St Bride's, Fleet Street.
1725 26th Apr. The first ever peal of Bob Major was rung - at St Bride's, Fleet Street.
1725 22nd Nov. The first ever peal of Bob Royal was rung - St Bride's, Fleet Street.
1726 26th Feb. The first ever peal of Plain Bob Maximus was rung - at St Bride's Fleet Street (the first peal of Maximus).
St Bride's, Fleet Street
1728 18th May 10,080 Bob Major was rung at St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey. This was the longest peal to date.
1758 12th Mar. The first peal of Treble Bob Maximus was rung - at St Saviour's, Southwark.
West Ham 1762 14th Apr. 10,188 Grandsire Caters was rung at West Ham.
All Saints. West Ham
Shoreditch 1777 19th May 11,080 Oxford Treble Bob Royal was rung at St Leonard's, Shoreditch.
St Leonard, Shoreditch
1787 The first peal of Stedman Caters was rung - at St John's, Horsleydown.
St Martin in the Fields 1788 6th Oct. The first peal of Stedman Cinques was rung - at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square
Spitalfields 1851 31st Jan. The first non-conducted peal (Holt's 10-part Grandsire Triples) was rung - at Christ Church, Spitalfields.
Christ Church, Spitalfields
1854 21st Jan. First handbell peal of Stedman Triples.
1861 27th Apr. A record length of 8580 Stedman Cinques was rung - at St Michael's, Cornhill.
Bethnal Green 1868 27th Apr. The longest peal to date was rung - 15,840 Kent Treble Bob Major at Bethnal Green.
St Matthew's, Bethnal Green as it looked then.
stpauls.jpg (3464 bytes) 1878 1st Nov. The new ring of 12-bell at St Paul's Cathedral were opened by the College Youths.
1881 10th Dec. The first peal was rung at St Paul's Cathedral - Stedman Cinques.
Fulham 1883 8th Dec. A record length of 11,111 Stedman Caters was rung - at All Saint's, Fulham.
All Saint's. Fulham
St Mary le Bow 1890 7th Apr. First peal on the 12 bells at St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside.
St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside
1896 28th Nov. The tenor at St Paul's Cathedral was turned in single-handed to 5088 Kent Treble Bob Maximus - the heaviest bell so rung to date.
1901 26th Jun. The first peal of Surprise (Superlative) on handbells.
Stepney 1907 11th Nov. The first peal of London S. Royal was rung - at St Dunstan's, Stepney.
St Dunstan's, Stepney
Cornhill 1911 28th Jan The first peal of Cambridge S. Maximus outide Ipswich was rung - at St Michael's, Cornhill.
1913 22nd Feb. The first silent peal of Stedman Cinques was rung - at St Michael's, Cornhill.
St Michael, Cornhill
Appleton 1922 22nd Apr. The longest length rung by one set of men was rung at St Laurence's, Appleton, being 21,363 Stedman Caters.
St Laurence, Appleton
1923 21st May 12,675 Stedman Cinques was rung at Southwark Cathedral. This regrettably turned out to be false.
1925 7th Feb. The first peal of Surprise was rung at St Paul's Cathedral - 5280 Cambridge S. Maximus.
1937 6th Nov. The 300th Anniversary Dinner was held at the Cannon Street Hotel where 418 people attended.
1940 21st Nov. "The Coffee Pot" (the Society's headquarters) was destroyed in an air raid. Much of the College Youths' property was lost.
1957 18th May The first College Youths Peal Day.
1966 13th Aug. Liverpool Cathedral Tenor was turned in single-handed to Cambridge S. Maximus - the heaviest bell to be turned in in this way.
1977 12th Jun. The record length of 12,345 Stedman Cinques was rung on handbells.
1977 27th Nov. The record length of 14,144 London S. Major was rung on handbells.
1977 27th Dec. The record length of 40,320 Plain Bob Major was rung on handbells.
Waterloo Tower, Quex Park 1978 23rd Jun. The record length of 10,032 Lincolnshire S. Maximus was rung at the Waterloo Tower, Quex Park.
The Waterloo Tower, Quex Park
1978 28th Oct. The record length on more than 8-bells was rung at St Laurence, Appleton - 22,899 Stedman Caters.
Bradford Cathedral 1980 25th Aug. The record length of 13,968 Spliced Surprise Maximus was rung at Bradford Cathedral.
Bradford Cathedral
Meldreth 1980 12th Dec. 10,080 Stedman Triples was rung silent at Holy Trinity, Meldreth (Noonan's composition followed by Slack's)
Holy Trinity, Meldreth
1983 14th Jun. The Society rang its first peal abroad - Stedman Triples at St Phillip's, Sydney, NSW.
tow_stseps.jpg (23885 bytes) 1985 The Society restored and augmented the 10 bells at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate to 12.

St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

1987 25th Apr. The heaviest peal of minor was rung - Cambridge S. Minor on the back 6 bells of Southwark Cathedral.
1987 7th Nov. The 350th anniversary dinner was held at the Porter Tun Room, The Brewery, Chiswell Street.
1998 The Society elected to admit women into its membership.
2002 23rd Nov. The record length of 25,560 London S Royal No. 3 was rung on handbells.
Band and composer
2004 2nd Oct. The Society regained the record for the longest peal ever rung: 50,400 TD Minor on handbells.
2007 6th May The same band break their own record with 72,000 TD Minor on handbells.
Band