This November, bellringers all over the country will be marking the 300th anniversary of Fabian Stedmans death.
Church bells will ring out across England and the world on Saturday 16 November 2013 to mark the 300th anniversary of the death of Fabian Stedman, who was a pioneer of the art of change ringing.
Stedman was born in 1640 at Yarkhill, Herefordshire, and apprenticed to a master printer in London where he became influential in the early London ringing societies, first the Scholars of Cheapside, and then the Society of College Youths, of which he became Master in 1682.
In 1668 Stedman published the first book on change ringing, Tintinnalogia, which was a joint effort with Richard Duckworth who wrote much of the content. Then in 1677 he wrote and published Campanalogia.
In later life he became auditor to Customs and Excise for the Crown. He died in 1713, and was buried at the parish church of St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London on 16 November 1713.
The CCCBR are encouraging ringers to mark this anniversary, and to use it to generate local publicity. For example, the Sodor and Man branch of the LACR will be holding a stedman practice on Sat 16th November, and will be inviting the local press along.
You may like to hold a practice that day, or organise a peal or quarter, and you can find out more through the CCCBR's Press Release.