Great Western Castle Class Locomotives Peal Project
I N D E X

Early in 2010 whilst musing over a book about Great Western Railway locomotives a plan was hatched (In the pub, where else!!) to attempt to ring a series of methods named after the famous Castle Class Great Western Locomotives. The Castle Class was the work horse of the Great Western Railway from the 1920's to the end of mainline steam in the 60's and were regularly seen pulling passenger Locomotives across the County and down into Cornwall. 100 of the locomotives with names such as Launceston Castle, Ludlow Castle, Earl of St Germans and of course Isambard Kingdom Brunei bore engine numbers between 5000 and 5099, so the challenge was set not only to ring a new method to the name but a peal with the exact number of changes to match the engine number. This has provided a particular challenge both in finding unrung methods and compositions to match the length required and for Tim our resident conductor to call as invariably most are one part compositions with variable hunt starts and in the future endings. It is also interesting that having started the project, this little piece of history has sparked much interest, comment and memories of a bygone era in the pages of Ringing World as the peals are published. It is anticipated that this will be an ongoing project for some time as not only are we also ringing a Treble Bob series but fitting in other methods to help particular individuals.

Early in 2010 whilst musing over a book about Great Western Railway locomotives a plan was hatched (In the pub, where else!!) to attempt to ring a series of methods named after the famous Castle Class Great Western Locomotives. The Castle Class was the work horse of the Great Western Railway from the 1920's to the end of mainline steam in the 60's and were regularly seen pulling passenger Locomotives across the County and down into Cornwall. 100 of the locomotives with names such as Launceston Castle, Ludlow Castle, Earl of St Germans and of course Isambard Kingdom Brunei bore engine numbers between 5000 and 5099, so the challenge was set not only to ring a new method to the name but a peal with the exact number of changes to match the engine number. This has provided a particular challenge both in finding unrung methods and compositions to match the length required and for Tim our resident conductor to call as invariably most are one part compositions with variable hunt starts and in the future endings. It is also interesting that having started the project, this little piece of history has sparked much interest, comment and memories of a bygone era in the pages of Ringing World as the peals are published. It is anticipated that this will be an ongoing project for some time as not only are we also ringing a Treble Bob series but fitting in other methods to help particular individuals.

Launceston Castle GWR Launceston Castle No.5000

CLICK HERE to see a sortable check list of completed peals.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 6 May 2010 in 2hrs 49min (8-0-27)
5000 Launceston Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Launceston Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5000 Launceston Castle built in September 1926 withdrawn from service October 1964.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 20 May 2010 in 2hrs 48min (8-0-27)
5001 Llandovery Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert.D.S.Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Llandovery Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5001 Llandovery Castle Built September 1926. Withdrawn February 1963. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 8 July 2010 in 2hrs 48min (8-0-27)
5002 Ludlow Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert D S Brown
1   Jenny Morris
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Ludlow Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5002 Ludlow Castle built in September 1926 withdrawn from service September 1964.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 21 October 2010 in 2hrs 36min (8-0-27)
5003 Lulworth Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert D S Brown
1   Jennifer E Elmes
2   Paul J Pascoe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the method
Lulworth Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5003 Lulworth Castle, Built May 1927. Withdrawn August 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.

" The band still can't believe Tim Collins rang the Tenor"

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 28 October 2010 in 2hrs 42min (8-0-27)
5004 Llanstephan Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Llanstephan Castle Surprise Major
x34x4x56x3x2x2345x34x1 le 2 [b] fch BDa
Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5004 Llanstephan Castle. Built June 1927. Withdrawn April 1962.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 4 November 2010 in 2hrs 41min (8-0-27)
5005 Manorbier Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael Hatchett
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Mervyn C Way
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Manorbier Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5005 Manorbier Castle. Built June 1927. Carried streamlining from March 1935 until 1940. last shed allocation Swindon. Withdrawn February 1960.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 25 November 2010 in 2hrs 50min (8-0-27)
5006 Tregenna Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Frederick J Sage
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Mervyn C Way
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Lesley A Knipe
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the method
Tregenna Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Loccomotive 5006 Tregenna Castle, Built June 1927. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. last shed allocation Carmarthen. Withdrawn April 1962.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 9 December 2010 in 2hrs 45min (8-0-27)
5007 Rougemont Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Lesley A Knipe
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Michael Hatchett
4   Frederick J Sage
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Rougemont Castle Surprise Major x34x4x256x23x2x5x2x1 le 2 [b] fch BDE
Remembering Great Western Locomotive 5007 Rougemont Castle Built June 1927. Last shed allocation Gloucester. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.

Bath & Wells Diocesan Association
Packwood, Warwickshire
St Giles
Monday 17 October 2011 in 2hrs 51Min (6-3-14)
5088 Llanthony Abbey Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Jeffrey Knipe
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   William Butler
4   Christopher R Field
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Llanthony Abbey Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5088 Llanthony Abbey. Re-built from 'Star' class engine 4068 Llanthony Abbey, February 1939. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted June 1958. Last shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Withdrawn September 1962.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 2 August 2012 in 2hrs 50min (8-0-27)
5008 Raglan Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   Graham W Elmes
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Frederick J Sage
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Raglan Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5008 Raglan Castle Built June 1927. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted March 1961. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 16 August 2012 in 2hrs 53min (8-0-27)
5009 Shrewsbury Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Frederick J Sage
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Thomas R Garrett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Shrewsbury Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5009 Shrewsbury Castle Built June 1927. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. last shed allocations Swindon. Withdrawn October 1960 and eventually scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 11 October 2012 in 2hrs 48min (8-0-27)
5010 Restormel Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Lesley A Knipe
2   Frederick J Sage
3   Graham W Elmes
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Richard H Johnston
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Restormel Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5010 Restormel Castle Built July 1927. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Last shed allocation Reading. Withdrawn October 1959 and scrapped.

Also in memory of Robert Redvers Brown ,MBE ACIS. 1925 to 2012, (Grandfather Wobbly Bob) Father to ringer of 7th, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Normandy War veteran and friend to many at rest with the Great Architect of the Universe.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 18 October 2012 in 2hrs 47min (8-0-27)
5011 Tintagel Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Richard W Ellis
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Graham W Elmes
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Tintagel Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5011 Tintagel Castle built July 1927. First shed allocation Newton Abbot. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn September 1962 and scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Also Birthday compliment to Mike Hatchett and Robert Brown whose birthdays are today.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 1 November 2012 in 2hrs 48min (8-0-27)
5012 Berry Pomeroy Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Berry Pomeroy Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5012 Berry Pomeroy Castle. Built July 1927. First shed allocation Newton Abbot, last shed allocation Oxford. Withdrawn April 1962 and scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 22 November 2012 in 2hrs 50min (8-0-27)
5013 Abergavenny Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Graham W Elmes
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Abergavenny Castle Surprise Major x3x4x256x6x34x5x34.2.5 le 2 [f] fch BDa

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5013 Abergavenny Castle.

Built June 1932. First shed allocation Newton Abbot.. Last shed allocation Neath. Withdrawn July 1962 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 29 November 2012 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5014 Goodrich Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael Hatchett
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Goodrich Castle Surprise Major
x3x4x256x6x234x5x34.2.5 le 2 [f] fch BDa

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5014 Goodrich Castle.

Built June 1932. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Last shed allocation Tyseley. Withdrawn February 1965 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 17 January 2013 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5015 Kingswear Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Graham W Elmes
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Kingswear Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5015 Kingswear Castle.

Built July 1932. First shed allocation Cardiff Canton. Last shed allocation Cardiff East Dock. Withdrawn April 1963. Scrapped at Central Wagon Co, Wigan.

1800th Peal - 7

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 14 February 2013 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5069 Isambard Kingdom Brunel Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Frederick J Sage
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5069 Isambard Kingdom Brunel Built June 1938. First shed allocations Old Oak Common. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted November 1958. last shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Withdrawn February 1962 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 28 February 2013 in 2hrs 49min (8-0-27)
5016 Montgomery Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Richard H Johnston
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Montgomery Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5016 Montgomery Castle. Built July 1932. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted February 1960. Last shed allocation Llanelly. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 18 April 2013 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5017 The Gloucester Regiment 28th,
61st Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Lynne P Hughes
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
The Gloucester Regiment 28th, 61st Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5017 The Gloucester Regiment 28th, 61st. Built as St. Donat's Castle, July 1932. First shed allocation Taunton. Renamed April 1954 to mark The regiments gallantry at the battle of Imjin River Withdrawn September 1962: 1,598,851 miles. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 23 May 2013 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5018 St Mawes Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Frederick J Sage
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
St Mawes Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5018 St. Mawes Castle. Built July 1932. First shed allocation Old Oak Common last shed allocation Reading. Withdrawn March 1964. Scrapped at Cohen's, Kettering.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 30 May 2013 in 2hrs 40min (8-0-27)
5019 Treago Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael R Spencer
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   Michael Hatchett
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Treago Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5019 Treago Castle. Built July 1932. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted February 1961. Last shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Withdrawn September 1962.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 18 July 2013 in 2hrs 58min (8-0-27)
5020 Trematon Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Thomas R Garrett
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Trematon Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5020 Trematon Castle. Built July 1932. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Last shed allocation Llanelly. Withdrawn November 1962 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Bradford Peverell, Dorset
The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday, 26 September 2013 in 2hrs 44min (5-3-27)
5021 Whittington Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Jennifer E Elmes
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Whittington Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5021 Whittington Castle. Built August 1932. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Last shed allocation Cardiff Canton. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.

900th Peal for the DCA and 2500 as conductor - 8

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 3 October 2013 in 2hrs 50min (8-0-27)
5022 Wigmore Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Preb. Christopher J B Marshall
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Graham W Elmes
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Wigmore Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5022 Wigmore Castle. Built August 1932. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted February 1959. March 1959 and last shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Withdrawn June 1963. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Also wishing Lesleys mum a speedy recovery.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 10 October 2013 in 2hrs 50min (8-0-27)
5024 Carew Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Lesley A Knipe
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Graham W Elmes
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Carew Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5024 Carew Castle. Built April 1934. First and last shed allocation Newton Abbot. Withdrawn May 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 7 November 2013 in 2hrs 50min (8-0-27)
5070 Sir Daniel Gooch Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   Graham W Elmes
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Sir Daniel Gooch Surprise Major x3x4x256x6x2x345x34.2.5 le 2 [f] fch BDa

Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5070 Sir Daniel Gooch Built June 1938. First and last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn March 1964 and was cut up at Birds Commercial Motors Risca, South Wales in August 1964. It number and name plate are preserved at the Great Western Museum Swindon.

70th birthday compliment to ringer of the 3rd

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 2 January 2014 in 2hrs 44min (8-0-27)
5023 Brecon Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   Graham W Elmes
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Brecon Castle Surprise Major
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In Memory of John and Chris Longridge

Also Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5023 Brecon Castle. Built April 1934. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Swindon in March 1959. Withdrawn February 1963 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 9 January 2014 in 2hrs 54min (8-0-27)
5092 Tresco Abbey Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Timothy F Collins (C)
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Graham W Elmes
First Peal in the Method
Tresco Abbey Surprise Major
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Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5092 Tresco Abbey. Re-built from 'Star' class engine 4072 Tresco Abbey, April 1938. First shed allocation Gloucester. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted October 1961. . Last shed allocation Cardiff East Dock. Withdrawn July 1963. and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 27 March 2014 in 2hrs 53min (8-0-27)
5025 Chirk Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Timothy F Collins (C)
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Graham W Elmes
8   Robert D S Brown
First Peal in the Method
Chirk Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5025 Chirk Castle. Built April 1934. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Hereford. Withdrawn November 1963. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge

200th together: 1 and 2

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 8 May 2014 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5027 Farleigh Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Timothy F Collins (C)
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Graham W Elmes
7   Richard H Johnston
8   Robert D S Brown
First Peal in the Method
Farleigh Castle Surprise Major
x3x4x56x23x2x45x56.2.5 le 2 [f] fch BDEa

Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5027 Farleigh Castle Built April 1934. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted April 1961. Last shed allocation Llanelly. Withdrawn November 1962 and Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Guild of Devonshire Ringers
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 26 June 2014 in 2hrs 48min (8-0-27)
5029 Nunney Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Graham W Elmes
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard A M Newman
7   Richard H Johnston
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the Method
Nunney Castle Surprise Major
x3x4x5x6x2x345.6x2.7 le 2 [b] fch BGac

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5029 Nunney Castle Built May 1934. First shed allocations Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Cardiff East Dock. Withdrawn December 1963. Acquired by Woodham's, Barry May 1964. Sold to Great Western Society and left as the 81st departure from Barry, May 1976. Now preserved.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 10 July 2014 in 2hrs 51min (8-0-27)
5030 Shirburn Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1  D John Knight
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Graham W Elmes
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Shirburn Castle Surprise Major
x3x4x5x6x4x5.236x56.7 le 2 [b] fch BDace

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5030 Shirburn Castle. Built May 1934. First shed allocation Exeter. last shed allocation Carmarthen. Withdrawn September 1962 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 28 August 2014 in 2hrs 48min (8-0-27)
5031 Totnes Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1  Timothy F Collins
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Graham W Elmes
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the Method
Totnes Castle Surprise Major
x3x4x5x23x4x345x34x1 le 2 [f] fch Bce

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5031 Totnes Castle. Built May 1934. First shed allocation Wolverhampton, Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted June 1959. Last shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Withdrawn October 1963 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 4 September 2014 in 2hrs 46min (8-0-27)
5040 Stokesay Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1  Timothy F Collins
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Graham W Elmes
7   Richard H Johnston
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the Method
Stokesay Castle Surprise Major
x3x56x456x25x2x6x234x34x3x4.56x56.7 le 2 [b] fch BDEac

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5040 Stokesay Castle. Built June 1935. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Bristol, Saint Philip's Marsh. Withdrawn October 1963. Scrapped at Cooper Metals, Sharpness.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 23 October 2014 in 2hrs 54min (8-0-27)
5041 Tiverton Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1  Timothy F Collins
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Thomas R Garrett
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Tiverton Castle Surprise Major
x3x56x456x25x2x6x234x34x3x456x56x7 le 2 [b] fch BDEa

Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5041 Tiverton Castle Built July 1935. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn December 1963 and Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

250th together 1 & 6

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 27 November 2014 in 2hrs 54min (8-0-27)
5034 Corfe Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1  Timothy F Collins
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   R Nicholas Lawrence
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Corfe Castle Surprise Major
x3x4x5x236x2x45x36x5 le 2 [a] fch BDGc

Remembering Castle Class locomotive No 5034 Corfe Castle Built May 1935. First shed allocation Newton Abbot. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted February 1960. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn September 1962: 1,250,714 miles. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 18 December 2014 in 2hrs 54min (8-0-27)
5042 Winchester Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1  Timothy F Collins
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Richard H Johnston
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Winchester Castle Surprise Major
x3x56x456x25x2x6x234x34x3x4x56x7 le 2 [b] fch BDEa

Remembering Castle Class locomotive 5042 Winchester Castle. Built July 1935. First shed allocation Old Oak Common, May 1965, and last shed allocation Gloucester. Withdrawn June 1965: 1,339,221 miles. Scrapped at R Hayes (Bird's), Bridgend.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 22 January 2015 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5026 Criccieth Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1  Michael Hatchett
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Richard W Ellis
4   Jeffrey Knipe
5   R Nicholas Lawrence
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Criccieth Castle Surprise Major
x3x4x5x6x2x3x456x567x4x3x2x6x5x4x3x Le 12 (B) (Non-palindromic)  39/100

Remembering Castle Class locomotive 5026 Criccieth Castle. Built April 1934. First shed allocation Newton Abbot. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted October 1959. Last shed allocation Wolverhampton Oxley. Withdrawn November 1964 and scrapped.

Guild of Devonshire Ringers
Bradpole, Dorset
Holy Trinity
Monday 26 January 2015 in 2hrs43in (15–1–0)
5056 Earl of Powis Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael Hatchett
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Pauline Champion
5   Martin G Mansley
6   Ian V J Smith
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Michael E C Mears
First Peal in the method
Earl of Powis Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3x4x567x456x3x2x6x5x4x3x Le 12 (B) (Non-palindromic) 40/100

Remembering Castle Class locomotive no 5056 Earl of Powis. Originally built as Ogmore Castle, June 1936. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Renamed September 1937. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted October 1960. Last shed allocation Wolverhampton Oxley. Withdrawn November 1964.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 29 January 2015 in 2hrs 54min (8-0-27)
5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1  Timothy F Collins
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Richard H Johnston
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Earl of Mount Edgcumbe Surprise Major
x3x56x456x25x2x6x234x34x3x456x234x7 le 2 [b] fch BDEac  41/100

Remembering Castle Class Locomotive No 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. Originally built as Banbury Castle, March 1936. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Renamed September 1937. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted October 1958. Last shed allocation Cardiff East Dock. Withdrawn December 1963. Acquired by Woodham's, Barry June 1964. Sold to Birmingham Railway Museum, Tyseley and left as the 43rd departure from Barry in September 1973.


5043 Earl Of Mount Edgcumbe at Whiteball
- which happens to be near Huntsham


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 5 March 2015 in 2hrs 49min (8-0-27)
5044 Earl Of Dunraven Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1  Timothy F Collins
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Richard H Johnston
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Earl of Dunraven Surprise Major x3x56x456x25x2x6x234x34x3x4x3456x7 le 2 [b] fch BDETac

Remembering Castle Class Locomotive No 5044 Earl of Dunraven Originally built as Beverston Castle, March 1936. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. First of class to be fitted with new shorter chimney as new. Renamed September 1937.Fitted with heavy cadmium whistle chain August 1954. Last shed allocation Cardiff Canton. Withdrawn April 1962 and scrapped.

100th on the Bells - 7
150th on the Bells - 8


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 12 March 2015 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5059 Earl St Aldwyn Surprise Major
Composed: C.Middleton
Arranged by R.D.S.Brown
1  Graham W Elmes
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   R Nicholas Lawrence
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the method
Earl St Aldwyn Surprise Major
x3x4x5x236x4x5x6x7x6x5x4x36x25x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic  43/100

Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5059 Earl St Aldwyn. Originally built as Powis Castle, May 1937. First shed allocation Exeter. Renamed October 1937. Last shed allocation Shrewsbury. Withdrawn June 1962 and scrapped.


Taken by Ringer of the 5th in 1961


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 19 March 2015 in 2hrs 50min (8-0-27)
5066 Sir Felix Pole Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1  Lesley A Knipe
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the method
Sir Felix Pole Surprise Major
x3x4x25x36x4x5x6x7x6x5x4x236x5x4x3x2 (b) Non Palindromic 44/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5066 Sir Felix Pole. Originally built as Wardour Castle, July 1937. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Renamed April 1956. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted April 1959. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.


5066 Sir Felix Pole at Wolverhampton, 29 August 1962


Dorset County Association
Plympton St Maurice, Devon
St Maurice
Thursday, 25 March 2015 in 3hrs 7min (16-0-2 in F)
5028 Llantilio Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   Michael Hatchett
4   Graham W Elmes
5   R Nicholas Lawrence
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Llantillio Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3x4.56.7x4.56.3x2x6x5x4x3x Lh12 [b] Non Palindromic 44/100


Remembering Castle Class locomotive no 5028 Llantilio Castle. Built May 1934. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Llantillio Castle spent most of its service based at Newton Abbot. March 1959 and last shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Withdrawn May 1960 following accident damage when involved in a collision with a diesel locomotive D602 near Devonport. It was scrapped.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 2 April 2015 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5037 Monmouth Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Monmouth Castle Surprise Major  x3x4x25x6x34x5.34.6x7 le 2 [b] fch BDGY 45/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5037 Monmouth Castle. Built May 1935. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Bristol, Saint Philip's Marsh. Withdrawn March 1964. and scrapped.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 30 April 2015 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5061 Earl Of Birkenhead Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Thomas R Garrett
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Earl of Birkenhead Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x4x25x36x7x236x5x4x6x5x4x3x2 (b) Non Palindromic 47/100 

Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5061 Earl of Birkenhead. Originally built as Sudeley Castle in June 1937. First shed allocation Shrewsbury. Renamed October 1937. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted September 1958. Last shed allocation Cardiff Canton. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.


Dorset County Association
Gillingham, Dorset
St Mary the Virgin
Friday 22 May 2015 in 3hrs27in (24–1–12 in D?)
5060 Earl Of Berkeley Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael Hatchett
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   Graham W Elmes
4   Richard H Johnston
5   R Nicholas Lawrence
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Earl of Berkeley Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3.56.4x7.56.4x3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 48/100 

Remembering Castle Class Locomotive number 5060 Earl of Berkeley. Originally built as Sarum Castle, June 1937. First shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Renamed October 1937. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted July 1961. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn April 1963 and scrapped.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 28 May 2015 in 2hrs 56min (8-0-27)
5091 Cleeve Abbey Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Lesley A Knipe
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Cleeve Abbey Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x4x5x36x7x236x25x4x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 49/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5091 Cleeve Abbey Re-built from 'Star' class engine 4071 Cleeve Abbey, December 1938. First shed allocation Bristol, Bath Road. Last shed allocation Tyseley. Withdrawn October 1964. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 4 June 2015 in 2hrs 54min (8-0-27)
5097 Sarum Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael Hatchett
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   R Nicholas Lawrence
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Sarum Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3x4x567x4.56.3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 50/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5097 Sarum Castle. Built July 1939. First shed allocation Shrewsbury. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted June 1961. Last shed allocation Cardiff East Dock. Withdrawn March 1963 and scrapped.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 11 June 2015 in 2hrs 53min (8-0-27)
5063 Earl Baldwin Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Lynne P Hughes
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Earl Baldwin Surprise Major
x3x4x5x6x2x3x456x7x4.56.3x2x6x5x4x3x2 (b) Non palindromic 51/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class locomotive number 5063 Earl Baldwin. Originally built as Thornbury Castle, June 1937. First shed allocation Worcester. Renamed July 1937. Last shed allocation Wolverhampton Oxley. Withdrawn February 1965 and scrapped.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 11 June 2015 in 2hrs 53min (8-0-27)
5095 Barbury Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Richard W Ellis
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Barbury Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3.56.4x567x4x3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] non palindromic 53/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No. 5095 Barbury Castle. Built June 1939. First shed allocations Plymouth Laira. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted November 1958. Last shed allocation Shrewsbury. Withdrawn August 1962 and scrapped.

400th Peal in the Tower


Dorset County Association
Highweek, Devon
All Saints
Wednesday 8 July 2015 in 3hrs4in (11–1–11 in F)
5058 Earl Of Clancarty Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Lesley A Knipe
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Barrie Hendry
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Earl of Clancarty Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x4x25x236x7x36x5x4x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palidromic


Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5058 Earl of Clancarty. Originally built as Newport Castle, May 1937. First shed allocation Newton Abbot. Renamed September 1937. Last shed allocation Gloucester. Withdrawn March 1963 and scrapped.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 3 September 2015 in 2hrs 50min (8-0-27)
5062 Earl Of Shaftesbury Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael Hatchett
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   R Nicholas Lawrence
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Earl of Shaftesbury Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3.56.4x7x456x3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 54/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5062 Earl of Shaftesbury Originally built as Tenby Castle, June 1937. First shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Renamed November 1937. August 1950 shed allocation Exeter. Last shed allocation Llanelly. Withdrawn August 1962 and scrapped.


Dorset County Association
Highweek, Devon
All Saints
Wed, 23 September 2015 in 2h58min (11–1–11 in F)
5032 Usk Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Timothy F Collins
2   Jane C Spencer
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   R Nicholas Lawrence
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Michael R Spencer
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Usk Castle Surprise Major x3x4x25x36x2x23x36.4.7 le 2 [b] fch BDe peal 55/100 

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5032 Usk Castle Built May 1934. First shed allocations Shrewsbury. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted May 1959. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 24 September 2015 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5045 Earl Of Dudley Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Timothy F Collins
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Richard H Johnston
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Earl of Dudley Surprise Major x3x56x456x25x2x6x34x234x3x4.56x56.7 le 2 [b] fch BDEac 56/100 

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5045 Earl of Dudley Originally built as Bridgwater Castle, March 1936. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Renamed September 1937. March 1959 and last shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Withdrawn September 1962 and scrapped


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 8 Octomber 2015 in 2hrs 49min (8-0-27)
5048 Earl Of Devon Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Timothy F Collins
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5  Michael Hatchett
6   Michael R Spencer
7   Richard H Johnston
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Earl of Devon Surprise Major x3x56x456x25x2x6x34x234x3x4x56x7 le 2 [b] fch BDEac 57/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5048 Earl of Devon Originally built as Cranbrook Castle, April 1936. First shed allocation Bristol, Bath Road. Renamed August 1937.Last shed allocation Llanelly. Withdrawn August 1962 and scrapped


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 15 October 2015 in 2hrs ??min (8-0-27)
5046 Earl Cawdor Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Jane C Spencer
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Michael R Spencer
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Earl Cawdor Surprise Major x3x56x456x25x2x6x34x234x3x456x56x7 le 2 [b] fch BDEac 650th Peal - 7 58/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5046 Earl Cawdor. Originally built as Clifford Castle, April 1936. First shed allocation Cardiff Canton. Renamed August 1937. Last shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Withdrawn September 1962 and scrapped.


Dorset County Association
Kingsteignton, Devon
St Michael
Wed 11 November 2015 in 3hrs16in (16–3–11 in F)
5054 Earl Of Ducie Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Ian W Avery
2   Jane C Spencer
3   Graham W Elmes
4   R Nicholas Lawrence
5   Barrie Hendry
6   Michael R Spencer
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Earl of Ducie Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3.56.456x7x4x3x2x6x5x4x3x2 LE (b) - non palindromic 59/100

Rung half muffled in memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country and in particular the men of the Great Western Railway who served. Also remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5054 Earl of Ducie Originally built as Lamphey Castle, June 1936. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Renamed September 1937. Last shed allocation Gloucester. Withdrawn November 1964 and scrapped.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 19 November 2015 in 2hrs 55min (8-0-27)
5089 Westminster Abbey Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael Hatchett
2   R Nicholas Lawrence
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Robert J Walters
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Westminster Abbey Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x4x5x236x7x36x25x4x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 60/100 

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5089 Westminster Abbey Re-built from 'Star' class engine 4069 Westminster Abbey, October 1939. First shed allocation Swansea Landore. Last shed allocation Wolverhampton Oxley. Withdrawn November 1964 and scrapped.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 10 December 2015 in 2hrs 57min (8-0-27)
5053 Earl Cairns Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Michael Hatchett
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   R Nicholas Lawrence
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Earl Cairns Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3x4x7x456.56.3x2x6x5x4x3x2 b lead end order - Non Palindromic 61/100
 

Remembering Great Western Castle Class locomotive 5053 Earl Cairns. Originally built as Bishop's Castle, May 1936. First shed allocation Shrewsbury. Renamed August 1937. Last shed allocation Cardiff Canton. Withdrawn July 1962 having completed 1,293,786 miles. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 24 December 2015 in 2hrs 59min (8-0-27)
5085 Evesham Abbey Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael Hatchett
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Richard H Johnston
6   Thomas R Garrett
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
No 5085 Evesham Abbey Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3.56.456x7.56.456x3x2x6x5x4x3x2 b Le. - Non Palindromic 300th Peal on the bells - 3 62/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5085 Evesham Abbey Re-built from 'Star' class engine 4065 Evesham Abbey, July 1939. First and August 1950 shed allocations Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Bristol, St. Philip's Marsh. Withdrawn February 1964 and scrapped


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 7 January 2016 in 2hrs 50min (8-0-27)
5098 Clifford Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Frederick J Sage
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Richard H Johnston
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Clifford Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x236x4x5x6.34.7.34.6x5x4x36x25x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic. 63/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5098 Clifford Castle. Built May 1946. First shed allocation Swansea Landore. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted January 1959. Last shed allocation Wolverhampton Oxley. Withdrawn June 1964 and scrapped. Also wishing Mervyn Way a speedy recovery.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 4 February 2016 in 2hrs 51min (8-0-27)
5055 Earl Of Eldon Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Timothy F Collins
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Thomas R Garrett
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Richard H Johnston
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Earl of Eldon Surprise Major
x3x4x256x6x2x5.2x34.5 le 2 [f] fch Ba 64/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class locomotive 5055 Earl of Eldon. Originally built as Lydford Castle, June 1936. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Renamed August 1937. Last shed allocation Gloucester. Withdrawn October 1964 and scrapped.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 24 March 2016 in 2hrs 55min (8-0-27)
5086 Viscount Horne Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Viscount Horne Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3x4x7.56.456x3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 65/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5086 Viscount Horne. Re-built from 'Star' class engine 4066 Viscount Horne, December 1937. First shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Last shed allocation Worcester. Withdrawn November 1958 and scrapped.

Also welcoming the treble ringer back to peal ringing after his serious accident. He has agreed to refrain from walking in front of fast moving White Vans.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 31 March 2016 in 2hrs 51min (8-0-27)
5033 Broughton Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Broughton Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x236x4x5x6x7x6x5x47x2367x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 66/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5033 Broughton Castle. Built May 1935. First shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted October 1960. March 1959 and last shed allocation Oxford. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Also rung as a 90th Brithday Compliment to Margaret Joan Brown mother of the conductor.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 14 April 2016 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5094 Tretower Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Tretower Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3x456.56.7x4x3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 67/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5094 Tretower Castle. Built June 1939. First shed allocation Newton Abbot. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted June 1960. Last shed allocation Bristol, St. Philip's Marsh. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.


Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 21 April 2016 in 2hrs 55min (8-0-27)
5087 Tintern Abbey Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   R Nicholas Lawrence
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Tintern Abbey Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3x456.56.7x456.56.3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 68/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5087 Tintern Abbey. Re-built from 'Star' class engine 4067 Tintern Abbey, November 1940. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Llanelly. Withdrawn August 1963 and scrapped.

Also rung for the Queens 90th Birthday.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 28 April 2016 in 2hrs 55min (8-0-27)
5093 Upton Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   R Nicholas Lawrence
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Upton Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x4x5x36x7.2.36.2.5x4x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 69/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5093 Upton Castle. Built June 1939. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn September 1963 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Bradford Peverell, Dorset
The Assumption
Thursday, 5 May 2016 in 2hrs 40min (5-3-27 in A)
5036 Lyonshall Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard W Ellis
5   Richard H Johnston
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Timothy F Collins
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Lyonshall Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3.56.456.56.7x456x3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 70/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5036 Lyonshall Castle. Built May 1935. First shed allocation Cardiff Canton. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted December 1960. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Dorset County Association
Brockenhurst, Hampshire
St Nicholas
Sunday, 29 May 2016 in 2hrs 39min (4-1-12 in B)
5090 Neath Abbey Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael Hatchett
2   Graham W Elmes
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael R Spencer
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Neath Abbey Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3.56.4.56.7x456.56.3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 71/100

Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5090 Neath Abbey. Re-built from 'Star' class engine 4070 Neath Abbey, April 1939. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn May 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.

Also remembering the Battle of Jutland between the British Royal Navy's Grand Fleet under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, against the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet under Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer 31st may 1916 - 1st June 1916

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 2 June 2016 in 2hrs 40min (8-0-27)
5035 Coity Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Patricia M Garrett
2   Thomas R Garrett
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Coity Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3.56.456x7.56.4.56.3x2x6x5x4x3x Le12, (b) Non Palindromic 72/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5035 Coity Castle. Built May 1935. First shed allocation Cardiff Canton. August 1950 and March 1959 shed allocations Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Swindon. Withdrawn May 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 9 June 2016 in 2hrs 47min (8-0-27)
5067 St Fagans Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
St Fagans Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3x456.56.567.56.456.56.3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 73/100 (Because we can, and somebody had to!!)

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5067 St Fagans Castle. Built July 1937. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Reading. Withdrawn July 1962 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 23 June 2016 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5038 Morlais Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jane C Spencer
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Morlais Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3x456x567.56.456x3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic 74/100 In anticipation of Independence Day.

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5038 Morlais Castle. Built June 1935. First and August 1950 shed allocations Old Oak Common. March 1959 shed allocation Shrewsbury. Last shed allocation Reading. Withdrawn September 1963 and scrapped. 

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 7 July 2016 in 2hrs 54min (8-0-27)
5039 Rhuddlan Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Graham W Elmes
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Rhuddlan Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x4x5.2.36.2.7x36x5x4x6x5x4x3x,12 (b) Non Palindromic 75/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class locomotive 5039 Rhuddlan Castle. Built June 1935. First and August 1950 shed allocations Old Oak Common. March 1959 shed allocation Swansea Landore. Last shed allocation Reading. Withdrawn June 1964 and scrapped. 

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 28 July 2016 in 2hrs 48min (8-0-27)
5068 Beverston Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Robert J Walters
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Beverston Castle Surprise Major
-38-14-58-16-14-1238-1234-18-34-38-14-16-58-14-38-12 F Fch BLace Non Palindromic. 300th Peal 3 76/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5068 Beverston Castle. Built June 1938. First shed allocation Bristol, Bath Road. August 1950 and March 1959 shed allocations Swindon. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted July 1959. Last shed allocation Oxford. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 29 September 2016 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5096 Bridgwater Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jane C Spencer
3   Jeffrey Knipe
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Michael R Spencer
8   Robert D S Brown (C)
First Peal in the method
Bridgwater Castle Surprise Major x3x4x5x36.2.34.2.3x6x7 le 2 [b] fch BGcY

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5096 Bridgwater Castle. Built June 1939. First and August 1950 shed allocations Bristol, Bath Road. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted January 1959. March 1959 shed allocation Bristol, Bath Road. Transferred from Cardiff Canton to Cardiff East Dock shed September 1962. Last shed allocation Worcester. Withdrawn June 1964 and scrapped.
100th together 4 and 7 Wedding Anniversary Compliment to Jeff and Lesley For Michaelmas.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 6 October 2016 in 2hrs 49min (8-0-27)
5047 Earl Of Dartmouth Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Rev Christopher Renyard
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Richard W Ellis
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Thomas R Garrett
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Earl of Dartmouth Surprise Major x3x4x5x6x2x3.56.456.56.7.56.4x3x2x6x5x4x3x2 [b] Non Palindromic

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5047 Earl of Dartmouth. Originally built as Compton Castle, April 1936. First shed allocation Swansea Landore. Renamed August 1937. August 1950 shed allocation Newton Abbot. Last shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Withdrawn September 1962 and scrapped. 78/100.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 3 November 2016 in 2hrs 53min (8-0-27)
5064 Bishop's Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Thomas R Garrett
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Bishop's Castle Surprise Major
-38-14-58-16-14-38-34-18-1234-1238-14-16-58-14-38-12 Leadhead f 14263857 BLace Non Palindromic

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5064 Bishop's Castle. Originally built as Tretower Castle, June 1937. First shed allocation Newton Abbot. Renamed September 1937. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted September 1958.. Last shed allocation Gloucester. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport 79/100.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 10 November 2016 in 2hrs 50min (8-0-27)
5049 Bishop's Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Robert J Walters
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Earl of Plymouth Surprise Major
-38-14-58-16-12-38.56.14-5678.56.1456-38-12-16-58-14-38-12 Leadhead 15738264 FCH Groups BDc Non Palindromic

Remembering Great Western Castle Class locomotive 5049 Earl of Plymouth. Originally built as Denbigh Castle, April 1936. First shed allocation Worcester. Renamed August 1937. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted September 1959. Last shed allocation Bristol, Saint Philip's Marsh. Withdrawn March 1963 and scrapped. 80/100.

Bath & Wells Diocesan Association
The Lye, West Midlands
Christ Church
Friday, 25 November 2016 in 2hrs 40min (3-0-27 in E?)
5081 Lockheed Hudson Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Lesley A Knipe
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Michael R Spencer
4   Jane C Spencer
5   Richard H Johnston
6   Michael Hatchett
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Lockheed Hudson Surprise Major
-38-14-58-16-12-38-14.56.5678-14-38-12-16-58-14-38-12 Leadhead b 15738264 Falsness Bdc

Remembering Great Westen Castle Class Locomotive 5081 Lockheed Hudson. Originally built as Penrice Castle, May 1939. First shed allocation Wolverhampton, Stafford Road. Renamed January 1941. Transferred from Cardiff Canton to Cardiff East Dock shed September 1962 which was its last Last shed allocation. Withdrawn October 1963 and scrapped. 700th peal together 2 & 6 700th Peal -5

Bath & Wells Diocesan Association
Lapleym, Staffordshire
All Saints
Sunday 27 November 2016 (9-3-20 in F#)
5065 Newport Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael R Spencer
2   Jane C Spencer
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Newport Castle Surprise Major
-38-14-58-16-12-38-14-5678.56.14-38-12-16-58-14-38-12 Leadhead b 15738264 Falseness BDc

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5065 Newport Castle. Originally built as Upton Castle, July 1937. First shed allocation Exeter. Renamed September 1937. August 1950 and March 1959 shed allocations Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn January 1963. Scrapped at A. King & Son, Norwich.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 1 December 2016 in 2hrs 54min (8-0-27)
5099 Compton Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   R Nicholas Lawrence
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Richard H Johnston
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Compton Castle Surprise Major
-38-14-58-16-12-38.56.1456-5678.56.14-38-12-16-58-14-38-12 Leadhead b 15738264 FCH Groups BDc

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5099 Compton Castle. Built May 1946. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. August 1950 and March 1959 shed allocations Cardiff Canton. Last shed allocation Gloucester. Withdrawn February 1963. Scrapped at A. King & Son, Norwich.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 22 December 2016 in 2hrs 51min (8-0-27)
5078 Beaufort Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Beaufort Surprise Major
-38-14-58-123678-1478-58-16-78-16-58-14-1236-58-14-38- Leadhead b 15738264 FCH Groups BEcde Non Palindromic 84/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5078 Beaufort. Originally built as Lamphey Castle, May 1939. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Renamed January 1941. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted December 1961. Last shed allocation Neath. Withdrawn November 1962 and scrapped.
Birthday Compliment to John Cornelius as he begins his 78th year 300th together 1&2 1,900th Peal 2.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 29 December 2016 in 2hrs 49min (8-0-27)
5073 Blenheim Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
5073 Blenheim Surprise Major
-38-14-1256-16-1234-1258-34-58,12 Leadhead14263857 FCH GroupsBDa 85/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5073 Blenheim Originally built as Cranbrook Castle, July 1938. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Renamed January 1941. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted July 1959. Transferred from Cardiff Canton to Cardiff East Dock shed September 1962. Last shed allocation Cardiff East Dock. Withdrawn March 1964 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 5 January 2017 in 2hrs 54min (8-0-27)
5084 Reading Abbey Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Reading Abbey Surprise Major
-38-14-1256-16-12-123458-34-58,12 Leadhead f 14263857 FCH Groups Ba 86/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5084 Reading Abbey. Re-built from 'Star' class engine 4064 Reading Abbey, April 1937. First shed allocation Weymouth. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted October 1958. March 1959 and last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn July 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 12 January 2017 in 2hrs 54min (8-0-27)
5074 Hampden Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Hampden Surprise Major
Place notation-38-14-1256-16-12-3458-1234-58 Leadhead 14263857 (F)
FCH Groups BD  87/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5074 Hampden. Originally built as Denbigh Castle, July 1938. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. Renamed January 1941. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted September 1961. Last shed allocation Bristol, St. Philip's Marsh. Withdrawn May 1964. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Unbelievably the 50th Peal on the bells - 6

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 19 January 2017 in 2hrs ??min (8-0-27)
5071 Spitfire Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Spitfire Surprise Major
-38-14-1256-16-1234-3458-1234-58,12 Leadhead f 14263857 FCH Groups BD  88/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5071 Spitfire. Originally built as Clifford Castle, June 1938. First shed allocation Newton Abbot. Renamed September 1940. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted June 1959. Last shed allocation Bristol, St. Philip's Marsh. Withdrawn October 1963. Scrapped at Cooper Metals, Sharpness.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 26 January 2017 in 2hrs 54min (8-0-27)
5079 Lysander Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Lysander Surprise Major
-38-14-1256-16-1234-123458-1234-58,12 Lh f 14263857 BD  89/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5079 Lysander. Originally built as Lydford Castle, May 1939. 1st shed allocation Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Renamed November 1940. Withdrawn May 1960 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 2 February 2017 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5077 Fairey Battle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Fairey Battle Surprise Major
-38-14-1256-16-12-123458-1234-58,12 lh f 14263857 fch BD  90/100

Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5077 Fairey Battle. Originally built as Eastnor Castle, August 1938. 1st shed allocation Old Oak Common. Renamed October 1940. Last shed allocation Llanelly. Withdrawn July 1962 and scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 9 February 2017 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5076 Gladiator Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Gladiator Surprise Major
-38-14-58-16-12-38-1456-5678-1456.56.38-12-16-58-14-38-12 Lh b 15738264 fch BDc  91/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5076 Gladiator. Originally built as Drysllwyn Castle, August 1938. 1st shed allocation Exeter. Renamed January 1941. August 1950 and March 1959 shed allocations Bristol, Bath Road. Last shed allocation Southall. Withdrawn September 1964 and scrapped.
Also happy birthday to 2.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 2 March 2017 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5072 Swordfish Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Swordfish Surprise Major
-38-14-58-16-12-38.56.14-5678.56.14.56.38-12-16-58-14-38-12
Leadhead b 15738264 FCH Groups BDc  92/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive Number 5082 Swordfish. Originally built as Powis Castle, June 1939. First shed allocation Bristol, Bath Road. Renamed January 1941. August 1950 shed allocation Bristol, Bath Road. March 1959 and last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn July 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Guild of Devonshire Ringers
St Germans, Cornwall
St Germanus
Friday, 10 March 2017 in 2hrs 55min (14–1–6 in F)
5050 Earl Of St Germans Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Pauline McKenzie
2   Lester J Yeo
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Jeffrey Knipe
5   Robert D S Brown
6   David Hird
7   Michael E C Mears (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Earl of St Germans Surprise Major
-38-14-58-16-12-38.56.14-5678-1456.56.38-12-16-58-14-38-12
Leadhead b 15738264
FCH Groups BDc  93/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5050 Earl of St Germans. Originally built as Devizes Castle, May 1936. First shed allocation Worcester. Renamed August 1937. August 1950 and March 1959 shed allocations Shrewsbury. Last shed allocation Bristol, St. Philip's Marsh. Withdrawn August 1963. Scrapped at Cooper Metals, Sharpness.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 16 March 2017 in 2hrs 52min (8-0-27)
5052 Earl Of Radnor Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   D John Knight
2   Jeffrey Knipe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Michael Hatchett
6   R Nicholas Lawrence
7   Robert D S Brown (C)
8   Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method
Earl of Radnor Surprise Major
-38-14-58-16-14.1234.3458-1236-78
Leadhead b 15738264
FCH Groups BDace  94/100

Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5052 Earl of Radnor. Originally built as Eastnor Castle, May 1936. First shed allocation Cardiff Canton. Renamed July 1937. August 1950 shed allocation Cardiff Canton. March 1959 shed allocation Old Oak Common. Last shed allocation Bristol, St. Philip's Marsh. Withdrawn September 1962.

 

 

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