Cartmel Priory Bell Ringing Training Day

Name of walk Cartmel Priory Bell Ringing Training Day
Date of walk 2015-03-28

On Saturday morning I drove Andy, Barrow Tower Captain, and myself to Cartmel Priory for a Branch Training Day. I have never been up the bell tower of Cartmel Priory even though I spent three years teaching at Cartmel Priory CofE Secondary School, and all our school services were held there. This was during my five year break from science teaching to teaching PE. My favourite activity was taking the students on cross country runs, which meant we would run past the Priory, through the village, across the racecourse and up into the woods, which I always enjoyed, especially in May when the bluebells were out. Doing this for four lessons on the trot definitely kept me fit! I doubt I could do it now! We parked around the back of the Priory, arriving at the same time as some of the Kendal ringers. It was raining so unfortunately there would be no great views out today.


The entrance to the bell tower is via the 'secret door' behind the display cabinet, reminiscent of Narnia's 'wardrobe'.


Andy leads the way.


Looking back at the way in.


Once up the spiral staircase you are on the roof of the priory and braving wind and rain to reach the entrance to the tower.


Great views out on a good day, but not today!


Looking back to the way up to the roof.


Andy next to the bell tower entrance.


There should be a view up to Hampsfell from here, but it is shrouded in low cloud.


The ringing room. You need to clamber over large wooden beams to reach the bell sallies. The six usable bells are rung up.


Then the two hours of intensive training begins. We concentrate on Plain Hunt, Grandsire Doubles, Plain Bob and Treble Bob Hunt.




Afterwards I take a few pix of the priory. The priory was founded in 1190 by William Marshal, created 1st Earl of Pembroke, intended for the Augustinian Canons and dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint Michael. It was first colonised by a prior and twelve monks from Bradenstoke Priory in Wiltshire.


The 25 misericords in the Choir date from 1440, and are of an exceptional quality, they also include a representation of the Green Man.






It is still raining when we come out

A good session! I may have even learnt something! Time will tell. 🙂