In Willingham, Cambridgeshire is a mini-ring of 10 bells. The installation is unique as they are installed in an old octagonal 19th century smock mill which until recent times (Christmas 1999) was unused/derelict.
The Mill is situated behind Adrian and Angela's bungalow and with the mill being fully insulated the bells are not loud enough to annoy the local neighbours.
The bells were cast by Richard Bowditch of Somerset on the 15th March 2000 and installed by Matthew Higby aided by Tom Chapman and Charlotte Edmond on the 3rd and 4th of April 2000.
The bells, 4th nearest the camera, installed in a 12 bell frame (ready for augmentation) and a view of the internal plush ringing chamber, (tenor far left).
Bell Names and Weights Sponsors & Bell Dedication
Campanile was officially opened by Robert Lewis, editor of The
Ringing World, and "Millcroft" enjoyed television coverage and the
company of many ringers, friends and family.
Since then, a number of peals have been rung on the bells, from single minor methods through to Royal. As mini-rings are still relatively rare, some social days have also taken place to allow ringers and non-ringers, the chance to try out the bells.
Should you wish to visit, or ring at Millcroft, please contact me in the first instance. Peal/quarter-peal/visiting bands are also most welcome although I request as much notice as possible to ensure you are met.
First peal on the bells Peals rung at Millcroft Campanile 2000-2008 Peals rung at Millcroft Campanile 2009-