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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/493
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: PYE FAMILY
Date(s): 1889-1955
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 30 production units.
Name of creator(s): Pye | William | 1870-1935 | bell ringer
Pye | George Robert | 1872-1945 | bell ringer
Pye | Ernest | 1876-1915 | bell ringer
Pye | Ernest W | d 1996 | bell ringer


Administrative/Biographical history:

The brothers William (Bill) Pye (1870-1935), George R (Bob) Pye (1872-1945), and Ernest Pye (1876-1915), of Chadwell Heath, Essex, were renowned bell-ringers. Both William and Ernest Pye achieved over a thousand peals during their careers. As well as performing mainly in Essex and Middlesex, they travelled as far as Scotland and Ireland. William Pye was a celebrated conductor of bell-ringing and was the first ringer to conduct 1000 peals. The fourth brother, Alfred Pye (d 1939), was also a ringer, although not as well known as his brothers. The collection includes papers relating to William's son Ernest W (Ernie) Pye (d 1996) who also rang over 1000 peals.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Pye family relating to bell-ringing, including records of performances; notices of peals rung; notebook of the number and weight of bells in towers; composition books; photographs; journals and publications; memoirs and order of service.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This archive was deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1999 and 2006. It was catalogued by an assistant archivist in 2004 and 2006. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

LMA also holds records of bell-ringing associations, see CLC/001 for the Ancient Society of College Youths and CLC/016 for the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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