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Dumbleton, St Peter

The Parish Church of St Peter [listing] is in the south of Dumbleton at the end of Main Street and beside the entrance to Dumbleton Hall. It is set in a large, well maintained churchyard. I park roadside on Main Street.

In the north(ish) face of the tower is a door which opens onto a wooden spiral staircase that leads up to the ringing chamber. The chamber is surprisingly small considering the bulk of the tower but the reason is the very thick walls and a solitary narrow window. The room has shoulder height wainscoting, a low ceiling and all of it is painted. There are a couple of benches proving seats for those not ringing the 6 bells. Ringing is a little tricky as all the ropes, except for bell #3, are close to the wall. In addition, the ceiling is very low and there are square holes in the ceiling to allow free movement of the ropes. My reach was just about to ceiling level.

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The Bells

The tower has a ring of 6 bells with a tenor weighing ~11-0-0 in G. Dove's Guide includes details of the bells at St Peter. There is some additional information provided by The Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers.

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