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.
|2||Cambridge Surprise Maximus||255||13.4|
|3||Kent Treble Bob Maximus||226||11.9|
|4||Bristol Surprise Maximus||139||7.3|
|5||Plain Bob Maximus||134||7.0|
|6||Spliced Surprise Maximus||111||5.8|
|7||Yorkshire Surprise Maximus||77||4.0|
|8||Oxford Treble Bob Maximus||50||2.6|
|9||Lincolnshire Surprise Maximus||48||2.5|
|12||Newgate Surprise Maximus||28||1.5|
|13||Little Bob Maximus||20||1.1|
|14||Superlative Surprise Maximus||16||0.8|
|15||Barford Surprise Maximus||14||0.7|
|16||Spliced Plain Maximus||13||0.7|
|17||Cantuar Alliance Maximus||12||0.6|
|18||Rigel Surprise Maximus||11||0.6|
|19||Pudsey Surprise Maximus||11||0.6|
|20||Avon Delight Maximus||10||0.5|
How interesting that Stedman Cinques is the most popular method! I think the point about the preferences of individual bands is relevant here. The “Cornhill Vestry Band” is well known for ringing many peals of Stedman Cinques. It’s not exactly correct to describe this as one band, but my impression is that peals at Cornhill Vestry over the years have drawn on a pool of ringers, with a fairly regular core band, and only gradual changes of personnel. Anyway, the College Youths’ peal records show 224 handbell peals at Cornhill Vestry between 1953 and 2009 (not quite the same period as my data) and 210 peals of Stedman Cinques on handbells. I think a closer analysis (which I am not in a position to do at the moment) would show a very large overlap between these figures.
So, roughly speaking, it seems that the “Cornhill Vestry Band” has been responsible for around half of the peals of Stedman Cinques. If that band had preferred ringing Grandsire, or Kent, or Cambridge, or a range of methods, then the table would look rather different.
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