As a bell ringer
myself I can say that a lot of the information on this node is correct. However due to the departure of the noder(4 month
s now) I feel the need to offer correction in node form.
The main issue here is plain hunt, and method notation. It can be debated as to whether or not this is a method, or merely the base of other methods. The bell that pix labels the 1 in his diagram is in fact called the treble, and is the highest bell being rung. Furthermore, in methods the treble usually rings this pattern, but the other bells ring in a different pattern, starting at different points. Usually the 2 is highlighted, as this is the easiest (lightest) bell that is actually ringing the method.
On six bells the order that ringing starts in will (almost) always be:
This pattern is repeated until a call is given for a method. For the method plain bob doubles the call would be, "Go, Plain Bob Doubles". Every stroke following this the order of bells changes, in plain bob doubles going:
This is only a quarter of the method, but to work out the whole thing doesn't take any more information. If you take the last line and make the bells do what they would if they had started in the position they are in at the time of the last line then, eventually you will get round to
The 6 stays in the same position because this is plain bob doubles. Doubles means on five bells. Therefore the first five bells deal with the method, and the 6th must stay at the back
Here's a table of numbers of bells, and method names:
singles: 3 bells
minimus: 4 bells
doubles: 5 bells
minor: 6 bells
triples: 7 bells
major: 8 bells
caters: 9 bells
royal: 10 bells
cinques: 11 bells
maximus: 12 bells
Another point: Ringing all the changes on a certain number of bells doesn't make a peal. A peal must have 5040 changes, so if on less than seven bells, then some chages must be repeated. I myself have only rung quarter peals on 5 or 6 bells, which take about 45 minutes for the 1260 changes necessary.
That's all for now. The information on this subject could fill many books so it could occupy a noder for life.