Handbell Statistics

This is an occasional series about statistical trends in change ringing on handbells.

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Two peals of Bristol Maximus on handbells, a fortnight apart and both rung in the Reading area, have attracted attention as landmarks at opposite ends of two handbell ringing careers.

The first, on Wednesday 21st June, is remarkable for being Pip Dillistone's first handbell peal. This must surely...Read more

The 100th handbell peal for the SACR has just been rung - Plain Bob Major, which was Isabella Scott's first peal. Congratulations, Isabella! To mark the occasion, here's a review of the history of Scottish handbell ringing.

The first handbell peal was in 1932, of Plain Bob Major. The band was...Read more

The Northallerton band rang a peal of the Nottingham Eight recently:

Yorkshire Association
Northallerton, North Yorkshire
19 The Green, Romanby

Friday, 28 April 2017 in 2h32 (11)

5184 Spliced Surprise Major (8m) 
960 Cassiobury; 768 Cambridge; 576 Bristol, Cornwall, Glasgow, Lessness, London, Superlative; 149 com.
Composed by D F...Read more

Sam Austin's comment on Tina's article about the state of handbell ringing, which he linked to the recent Ringing World article about the declining number of ringers, prompted me to compare the numbers of handbell and tower bell peals during the period covered by PealBase (1950-present). Why peals?...Read more

One difference between tower bell ringing and handbell ringing is that a tower bell has its own momentum and rhythm, but a handbell doesn't. On handbells, all of the rhythm has to be created by the ringers. We have to start at the right speed, absorb the rhythm of that...Read more

That's a difficult question to answer. Who should we try to count? Everyone who can ring plain hunting on a coursing pair? Everyone who can ring Plain Bob Minor from the trebles or tenors? Everyone who rings handbells regularly?

Instead we can answer an easier question: how many people have...Read more

Quite a long time ago, I produced tables of the most popular methods for handbell peals of Major, Royal and Maximus, which showed that although Yorkshire Major is more commonly rung than Cambridge Major, the preference is reversed on higher numbers.

Just for fun, here are the...Read more

Andrew Craddock has added a fascinating new feature to PealBase: stage leaders. That is to say, the people who have rung the most peals at each stage (Minor, Triples, Major etc). At the time of writing, PealBase data goes back to 1952, so older peals are not included...Read more

Here is the Top 20 list on 12 bells, again from 1954 to 2010 with data from www.pealbase.co.uk. The usual comments apply to Spliced and Spliced Plain.

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Rank Method Peals %
1 Stedman Cinques 421 22.1
2 Cambridge Surprise Maximus 255 13.4
3 Kent Treble Bob Maximus 226

Here is the Top 20 list for 10-bell handbell peals from 1954 to 2010, based on data from www.pealbase.co.uk. The comments about Spliced vs. Spliced Plain, from the 8-bell post, also apply here.

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Rank Method Peals %
1 Plain Bob Royal 722 15.6
2 Kent Treble Bob Royal


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