St Peter’s on Willis

Ellacombe Frame to chime the bells

St Peter’s is a pleasant old wooden Anglican church in the centre of Wellington – on Willis Street to be exact. It’s been threatened by various changes including getting moved to make way for a new road, but for the moment it’s holding firm. It’s of great interest to the bellringing world because it has 8 bells in the tower, hung for full-circle ringing; but unfortunately it’s the usual story – they’re too heavy for the wooden tower and can’t be rung. They can, however, be chimed, and there’s an Ellacombe Frame apparatus to do this – in fact chiming the bells on this is the first time I’ve used an Ellacombe Frame, and although I liked hearing the bells I can’t say it’s a great experience!


The church is lovely to look at both outside and in, with many carvings and stained glass windows. Photos are below.