HISTORY was made on Saturday (August 26) when bells rang out from Bodelwyddan's Marble Church for three hours as part of a 'full peal marathon'.

Bell-ringers at the church, equipped with with stamina, focus and experience, attempted a full peal of Bob Triples (5,040 changes).

The last recorded full peal at St Margaret's Church in Bodelwyddan took place 70 years ago in June 1953 on the coronation of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

This was the 11th peal in the history of the church and the attempt was hailed successful.

Organist John Liddon-Few, who is tower captain of the bells, said: "I’m very pleased to say that history was made with the 11th peal in the churches history being successfully rung in three hours ‘on the nose’.

"There was quite a lot of footfall from interested parties and visitors and details are already recorded on the Ringing World’s Bellboard."

The church at Bodelwyddan was commissioned by Lady Margaret Willoughby de Broke, in memory of her husband. Building work commenced in 1856 and was completed in 1860. The consecration of the church in 1860 was during August of that year.

The church tower was originally installed with three bells but 12 years later, five more bells were added, making a total of eight. The bells were cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry of London and underpinned by the tenor bell, weighing nearly three-quarters of a ton.


John added: "In this country, the bells you’ll hear being rung are quite often ringing what’s known as a quarter peal and occasionally a full peal. The latter is quite regularly rung in many towers nationwide, usually marking notable occasions or historical milestones."

Historical archives testify that there have only been 10 full peals rung in the history of St Margaret's church, mainly in the 1920’s.