Method Ringing

A ringing method, known as 'Plain Hunt'

A theoretical system of producing changes to the bell position, in the peal, or a different sequence of ringing; all methods have names. Not all towers have 6 bells.

The method however is not one you would recognise, the ringers are ringing their bell to either progress down to the front of the peal, up to the back, or stay where they are, and, during this process the ringers are following a path through the other bells, who, at the same time are doing exactly the same thing. Confused?….. Well if you look at the Plain Hunt method below you will see that the No2 bell goes down to the front while the No1 (Treble) on each successive blow works up to the back to become 5th position, after another pull in 5th the bell then returns one blow at a time to the front and that is a plain course completed. All the other bells, with the exception of the 6th (Tenor) do exactly the same work but are starting from a different position within the method; even bells go in (down), and odd bells go out (up). The tenor provides the timing for the method and the other bells will also ‘Lead’ from this bell when it is their turn to ring first in the peal. Ringers learn new methods, of which there are hundreds, by learning the blue line from a book and eventually committing the work to memory, then surrounded by similarly knowledgeable ringers can happily spend many hours entertaining both themselves and the public outside.

P l a i n H u n t D o u b l e s

1 2 3 4 5 6
2 1 4 3 5 6
2 4 1 5 3 6
4 2 5 1 3 6
4 5 2 3 1 6
5 4 3 2 1 6
5 3 4 1 2 6
3 5 1 4 2 6
3 1 5 2 4 6
1 3 2 5 4 6
1 2 3 4 5 6