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250th Anniversary of the Death of Benjamin Annable

St Bride's, Fleet St On Wednesday 1st February, the Society marked the 250th anniversary of the death of Benjamin Annable. He was Master of the Society in 1746 and amongst other things, composed and conducted the first ever peal of Plain Bob Major. He is buried under the tower of St Bride's, Fleet St. Two peals of Plain Bob Major were rung in celebration of the life of Annable, including a handbell peal in the ringing chamber at St Bride's. Seen here is the Master (Stephanie Warboys), John Hughes-D'Aeth, David Brown and Dickon Love. As you can probably tell from the photograph, the ringing room at St Bride's (devoid of its 12 ropes, although still showing 12 rope holes cut for a future ring) was not the warmest place in London that evening! The other peal was rung at Shoreditch on the back 8 bells, organised by the Senior Steward, Chris Kippin.

St Bride's band

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