The following introduction has been extracted from THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS, the commemorative booklet produced in 1987 to mark the Centenary of the Guild. Rev. Beeston was Guild Secretary from 1907 to 1923 and Guild Treasurer from 1908 to 1932.
“This collection of books on ringing, card indices of methods rung etc, was begun by the Rev. A.T. Beeston and presented by him to the Guild in 1932. Since that date, it has been kept up to date by the addition of further books, either by way of gifts or by purchase by the Guild by the Librarians, which have been Peter Laflin 1932-1967, Arthur E. Whiting 1968-1974, Andrew C.D. Mayes 1975-.1981, Roger Bugler 1981 – 2012, Helen Foster 2012 – present“
The collection was subsequently (post 1987) divided into two sections, one the Library Section, reported here, and the other the Archives Section. The present Guild Librarian is Helen Foster who has now compiled a computer based index, the contents of which are reproduced below. The Beeston Library catalogue is now held on computer. The first part consists of periodicals held by the Library, namely:-
The remainder of the contents of the Library has been combined into a single list, which, on this website, is presented in alphabetical order of Author’s Name then Title within each of the following sections:
- Section 01: Geographical
- Section 02: History of Towers and Bells
- Section 03: Maintenance and Engineering
- Section 04: Central Council Publications
- Section 05: Handbell Ringing
- Section 06: Miscellaneous and General
- Section 07: Manuscript items
- Section 08: Change Ringing : General
- Section 09: Change Ringing : Historical
Finally, the Library contains some items of Special Historical Interest, which are all included in section 9, but it has been felt worthwhile to give a more detailed description, which is included as a separate entry. The Library is housed in the ringing chamber of St. George’s, Stockport, and has been rearranged in sections, with the periodicals displayed on separate shelving.