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The Association holds a collection of published books and unpublished documents and records in private homes. The Book Collection comprises published books on ringing in general whilst the Archive Collection consists of the Peal Books and many other documents relating to Surrey bells and ringers (plus historical records of the workings of the Association).
 
Any member of the Association can have access to any item in either collection. Items from the Archive Collection may not be removed except by the Archivist for Association purposes. Resident members of the Association can borrow items from the Book Collection in accordance with the following rules and conditions:
 
1. Books can be borrowed by personal collection from the Book Collection, provided that the borrower's name appears in the current membership list.

2. Borrowing is subject to the following conditions:
  • Borrowers are responsible for items borrowed.
  • Up to 3 items may be borrowed aby any one person at a time.
  • Loans are for up to 28 days (a further 28 days on request).
  • Renewal of a loan can be made by post or telephone.
  • The Librarian reserves the right to refuse any loan or reduce the loan period if a book is in demand.
3. Because of normal Library rules requiring undertakings from guardians of persons under the age of 16 years, junior members of the Association under 16 should arrange for a senior member to borrow on their behalf.

4. Because of their special value, items from the Archive Collection are not available for loan, but can be studied by private arrangement with the Archivist.

5. There are no formal times for Library lending. Intending borrowers should contact the Archivist or Librarian to arrange details of access.
 
To borrow a book or view documents from the Archive Collection please contact Sue Dixon.
Archive Collection
 
Peal Book Vol I 1881-1892
Peal Book Vol II 1892-1899
Peal Book Vol III 1899-1904
Peal Book Vol IV 1904-1910
Peal Book Vol V 1910-1914
Peal Book Vol VI 1914-1923
Peal Book Vol VII 1823-1939
Peal Book Vol VIII 1939-1972
 
Peal Book Vol IX 1972-1999 (Just completed)
 
(Note: Vol VI contains a list of Surrey ringers who served in the First World War and those who lost their lives fighting in battle. A pdf extract of the list can be viewed here.)
 
Annual Reports, bound in six volumes: 1880-1887, 1888-1913, 1914-1956, 1957-1980, 1981-1990, 1991-2000 and unbound 2001-2010
Annual Reports, various individual copies
Minute Books of The Association, the General Committee and records of the Northern and Southern Districts
Rule Books (1929, 1954, 1957, 1971)
Surrey Bells and London Bell Foundries - Stahlschmidt 1884
A Short History of Surrey Bells and Ringing Customs - TS Jennings 1974
Surrey Association of Change Ringers Form of Service
Order of Service for the dedication of Cyril Johnson Memorial Tablet 1951
Guide to Ringing in the Northern District 1973
Local Government Reform - CF Mew 1974
A Brief History of the Surrey Association of Church Bell Ringers & its Library - SF Kimber 1976
Letters and documents relating to the handing over of the Association Library contents to the Surrey County Library 1977
Information Pack for new members 1991
 
There are many more items in this collection worth looking at. The copy of Stahlschmidt was donated to the County by Ronald Dove and contains his annotations collected during his many years of working for Gillett and Johnston, and is a mine of detailed information on Surrey bells.

Book Collection

PERIODICALS
 
The Bell News - 30 volumes (exc. Vol 27 1907/08) 1882-1911
The Bellringer : 1907
Campanology : Sep 1896-Mar 1897
The Ringing World : 1938-2010

GENERAL HISTORY OF BELLS & RINGING
 
Bells of the Isle (2 copies) : R Harrison : J Crowther (c. 1915)
Bells and Bellringers : B Lomax : HJ Infield 1879
History and Art of Change Ringing : E Morris : Chapman & Hall 1931
Bells of All Nations (2 copies) : E Morris : R Hale 1951
Bells Thro' the Ages : JR Nichols : Chapman & Hall 1928
Bells of England (2 copies) : JJ Raven : Methuen 1906
Bells in England : T Ingram : F Muller 1978
Church Bells : HB Walters : SPCK 1937
Bells and Bellfounding : JW Arrowsmith 1879
Church Bells and Ringers of Norwich (2 copies) : AGG Thurlow : Jarrold & Sons 1947
Introduction to English Handbell Tune Ringing : P Bedford : 1974
Change Ringing :
The History of an English Art - Vol I : J Sanderson : CC 1987
The History of an English Art - Vol II : J Sanderson : CC 1992
The History of an English Art - Vol III : J Sanderson : CC 1994
A Bellringer's Guide to the Church Bells of Britain : RH Dove : Viggers 2nd edn. 1956
(2 copies) 3rd edition 1962; 4th edition 1968; (2 copies) 5th edition 1976; 7th edition 1988; 8th edition 1994; 9th edition 2000
In Praise of Bells : J Camp : R Hale 1988
Inspired by Bells : F Foden : C Groome 1991

TEXT BOOKS
 
Art and Science of Change Ringing (incomplete) : W Bannister : J Warner 1879
Elements of Campanologia : H Hubbard : Fletcher 1876
Campanologia Improved : J Monk : 1766, reprinted Bell News 1887
Campanalogica Part I (Parts II & III exact reprints of 1816 edition, bound in one volume) : W Shipway : Bell News 1866
Method Structure in Change Ringing : A York-Bramble : College of Campanology 1965
The Art of Change Ringing : B Thackrah : Ward 1852, reprinted Ellis 2007
Tintinnalogia : R Duckworth : 1671, reprinted Ellis 2007
Stedman (Jasper Snowdon Series) (2 copies) : CDP Davies : Spark 1903
Grandsire (Jasper Snowdon Series) (2 copies) : JA Trollope : Whitehead & Miller 1948
Surprise Methods (Jasper Snowdon Series) : CDP Davies : Whitehead & Miller 1927
Standard Methods : JW Snowdon : Wells Gardner Darton & Co 1887
Standard Methods (2 copies) : Revised : Whitehead & Miller 1928
Standard Methods (Jasper Snowdon Series) : RB Smith : C Groome 1980 (2 copies)
Ropesight : JW Snowdon : 1955
Ropesight (Jasper Snowdon Series) : JW Snowdon : C Groome 1987
Village Bells : R Howes : 1946
Ringers Handbook : ES & M Powell : Whitehead & Miller 1964
Ringers Handbook : ES & M Powell : Whitehead & Miller 1967
Ringers Handbook : ES & M Powell : AA Sotheran 2000
Double Norwich Court Bob Caters : EC Shepherd : 1947 R World reprint
Instructions & Diagrams for Beginners (2 copies) : Lancs Assn : 1948
Instructions & Diagrams for Beginners (3 copies) : Lancs Assn : 1963
Hints for Instructors and Beginners : Dyke & Coleridge : 1948
Model Code of Rules for a Ringing Society : Lewis et al. : 3rd edition 1951
Variation and Transposition (2 copies) : JA Trollope : 1936
Collection of Legitimate Methods - Section I Doubles, Minor, Triples : Carter et al. : CC 1907
Collection of Doubles Methods : Felstead et al. : CC 1st edition 1955
Collection of Doubles Methods (2 copies) : Felstead et al. : CC 2nd edition 1961
Collection of Minor Methods : Felstead et al. : CC 4th edition 1961
Collection of Minor Methods : Felstead et al. : CC 5th edition 1969
Collection of Peals - Section II Plain Bob and Double Oxford Court Bob : Carpenter et al. : CC 1904
Collection of Peals - Section III Double Norwich Court Bob (3 copies) : Carpenter et al. : CC 1908
Collection of Compositions - Major Methods (2 copies) : CC 1950
Handbook on Installation, Preservation and Repair of Bells, Bells Frames & Fitting (2 copies) : Shape et al. : CC 4th edition 1954
Instructions on the Care and Use of Church Bells : : CC 1951
An Elementary Handbook for Beginners in the Art of Change Ringing (2 copies) : Cross et al. : CC 1959
An Elementary Handbook for Beginners in the Art of Change Ringing : Cross et al. : CC 1969
On Conducting : WG Wilson : CC 1954 (2 copies) : : CC 2nd edition 1964
Simple Compositions for the Young Conductor : CF Mew : Surrey Assn 1968
Conducting Stedman Triples : WF Moreton : CC 1980
Touches of Triples for Easy Reference : EC Shepherd : CC 1974
A Tutor's Handbook - Part I (2 copies) : WF Moreton : CC 1969
A Tutor's Handbook - Part II (2 copies) : N Chaddock : CC 1969
A Tutor's Handbook - Both Parts : Moreton/Chaddock : CC 1976
Diagrams : Jasper Snowdon : C Groome :1928 (3 copies), 1935, 1972, 1991
Central Council Handbook : CC 1956
Central Council Handbook (2 copies) : CC 1978
Collection of Surprise Compositions : CA Wratten : 1971
Collection of Compositions of Stedman Caters and Stedman Cinques (2 copies) : Critchley et al. : CC 1961
Handbook of Grandsire Caters : EC Shepherd : 2nd edition 1964
A Collection of  Surprise Methods in Place Notation : CC 1964
Ringing for Service : CC 1961
Change Ringing on Handbells : CW Woolley : CC 2nd edition 1959; CC 3rd edition 1964; CC 4th edition 1969
Change Ringing - The Art and Science of Change Ringing on Church and Hand Bells (2 copies) : WG Wilson : Faber & Faber 1965
Change Ringing - Notes for Beginners : WG Wilson : 3rd impression 1954
Conducting and Coursing Order : J Longridge : 1978
A Manual of Bell Control : N Chaddock : Marius Press 1989
Spliced Minor Collection : CC 1986
Standard 70 : Longridge : 1986
Method 300 : Longridge/Campbell1983
Quarter 500 : Longridge : 1988
A Schedule of Regular Maintenance : CC 1991
The Bellringer's Bedside Companion (2 copies) : SJ Coleman : 1994
The Method Ringer's Companion (2 copies) : SJ Coleman : 1995
The Bob Caller's Companion (2 copies) : SJ Coleman : 1996
The Bellringer's Early Companion : SJ Coleman : 1999
Conducting Stedman : DE Parsons : CC 1989
Raising and Lowering in Peal : JA Harrison : CC 1989
Beginners Handbook : M Tyler : CC 1981
Doubles and Minor for Beginners : W Butler : CC 1983
Triples and Major for Beginners : W Butler : CC 1986
Conducting for Beginners : CK Lewis : CC 1980
Tower Captains Handbook : DE Parsons : CC 1983
Ringing Circles : C Adams : CC 2000
Will You Call a Touch, Please, Bob : PT Hurcombe : CC 1989
A Collection of Grandsire Compositions : : CC 2004
Basic Collection of Doubles & Triples Methods : : Sussex CA
The 99 Plain Minor Methods : Sussex CA
Treble Bob Minor Methods : Sussex CA
Treble Bob Minor Methods - Book 2 : Sussex CA
Alliance Minor Methods : Sussex CA
Criblines 1 (Minor) : Marshall / Popplewell
Criblines 2 (Major) : Marshall / Popplewell
One per Learner Book : P Copson : 4th edition 1992
The Follow On Book : P Copson : 2nd edition 1988
Easily Remembered Service Touches : Parsons/Salter : CC 1999
Getting It Right : H Peachey : CC 2005
Steps Forward Change Ringing Theory:
1 Elementary : CF Mew : Coventry DG 2004
2 Intermediate : CF Mew : Coventry DG 2004
3 Advanced : CF Mew : Coventry DG 2004

ANNUAL REPORTS
 
Surrey Association of Church Bellringers : 1951-55, 1957, 1968, 1960, 1967, 1969-76, 1978-2009
Surrey Association of Church Bellringers Rules : 1929, 1957, 1961, 1971
Guildford Diocesan Guild : 1937, 1985, 1986
Sussex County Association of Change Ringers : 1971
London County Association of Church Bellringers : 1973
Middlesex C Association & London D Guild : 1969
Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers : 1973
Bath & Wells Diocesan Assn of Change Ringers : 1977
Truro Diocesan Guild of Ringers : 1970

COUNTY BELLS
 
The Church Bells of Leicestershire : T North : S Clarke 1876
The Church Bells of Northamptonshire : T North : S Clarke 1878
The Church Bells of Rutland : T North : S Clarke 1880
The Church Bells of Suffolk : JJ Raven : Jarrold 1890
The Church Bells of Wiltshire : HB Walters : Kingsmead 1969
The Church Bells of Cardiganshire : F Sharpe : Smart & Co 1965
The Church Bells of Herefordshire - Vol II : F Sharpe : Smart & Co 1969
The Church Bells of Kent : JCL Stahlschmidt : E Stock 1887
The Church Bells of Sussex : AD Tyssen : 1864
Sussex Bells (Reprint of 1864 book and jubilee article thereon written in 1914) : AD Tyssen : 1915
Sussex Bells and Belfries : GP Elphick : 1970
Church Bells of Somerset : HT Ellacombe : 1875
Church Bells of Huntingdonshire : TMN Owen : 1899
Bells and Bellringing in Suffolk : Clouston/Pipe : Suffolk Historic Churches Trust 1980
The Bells of Llandaff and their Ringers : NA James : 1987 (Supplemnt 1998)
Towers and Bells around Guildford : Morgan & Schupke1999

MISCELLANEOUS BELLS / CHURCHES
 
The Bells and Bell Tower of All Saints' Episcopal Church, Invermay, Argyll: 25 Years' History : Friends : 1994
Series on Cathedral Churches:
Exeter : P Addleshaw : 2nd edition 1899
Durham : JE Byegate : 2nd edition 1900
Wells : P Dearmer : 2nd edition 1899
St Pauls : A Dimock : 1900
Chester : C Hiatt : 1897
Lincoln : AF Kendrick : 1898
Worcester : EF Strange : 1900
The Bells of Exeter Cathedral : JGM Scott
Casting a Bell for Exeter Cathedral 1372 : JGM Scott : 1967
Salisbury Cathedral : AF Smethurst : 1950
A Guide to Canterbury Cathedral
The Story of Lichfield Cathedral : 7th edition 1950
The Bells of Christchurch Cathedral : RH idle : 1966
Bells and Bellringing - Booklet on the Ancient Society of College Youths : JE Cooper : 1950
Kingston Parish Church - Re-dedication of the restored tower and bells : 1973
A Short History of the Bells and Belfries of Westminster Abbey : HN Pitstow
Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Croydon : JFC White : 1950
The Bells of St Mary's Beddington : 1955
The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bletchingley
Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit, Guildford Form & order of service for the dedication of the bells : 1965
St Matthew's Parish Church, Salford Priors Service to commemorate the re-dedication of the bells : 1971
Hever Castle And Gardens - History and Guide : G Astor : 1971
Cambridge - The City and the Colleges : O Hedley : 1972
St George's Chapel, Windsor : S Bond : 1973
A Short Guide to the Abbey Church of Pershore : PC Moore
Story of Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bottesford : MP Dare : 5th edition 1955
St Lawrence Jewry, next Guildhall
The Ancient Church of St Petrock, Exeter : JA Goundry : 3rd edition 1954
St Peter's Church, St Albans : CE Jones : 1948
Notes on St Illtyd's Church, Llantwit Major : R David
Some notes on St Neot, Cornwall : EC Axford
Crathie Parish Church, Royal Deeside : 1964
Cathedral Church of St Andrew, Wells - Short Guide : 1947
The Cathedral Church of St David : 1971
A Brief Guide to the Two Churches of the Holy Trinity, Wentworth : JA Harrison : 1967
Shilling Guide to Chichester Cathedral : SPCK 1951
The Bells of Southwark (2 copies) : N Pointer : 1998
The Bells of St Andrew with St Thomas, Lambeth : G Barr
Immanuel & St Andrew, Streatham : Revd W Aird et al : 2004

PERSONALITIES AND RINGING SOCIETIES
 
A Great Adventure : JS Goldsmith : Ringing World 1935
St Martin's Youths : EC Shepherd : 1953
Oranges and Lemons : G Taylor : P Neville 1954
A History of the Cambridge University Guild
Vol I: 1879-1929 : 1958 Reprint
Vol II: 1929-1954 : 1958
The Ancient Society of College Youths : JS Hawkins : 1928 revised, 1946, 1948, 1966
Benjamin Annable 1702-56 : EA Young
My Life Among the Bells : RB Smith : 1999
Surrey Association Peals : 1967-1974
The Surrey Association of Church Bell Ringers - A Centenary History : CF Mew : Surrey Assn 1980
The Surrey Association of Church Bell Ringers - An Anniversary History : CF Mew : Surrey Assn 2005

MISCELLANEOUS
 
A Manual for Ringers (2 copies) Service and prayers for the Oxford Diocesan Guild : SPCK
Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers Standing Orders, General Rules, Branch Rules : 1958
Family Bible : Edited by Eadie
Atlas of London and Suburbs : Bacon
Directory of Church Bell Ringers : 3rd edition 1931
From a Peal of Bells : John Harrison 1693 - 1776 : Usher Gallery
5 Photograph Albums of WF Oatway - Black and white annotated albums of churches throughout the country.
Ringing records of WF Oatway
Ringing records of Patricia Stocken