Here are the Top 20 methods for peals on 8 bells. This time I have not combined the spliced peals quite as much as I did for the 6 bell table. The categories of spliced are a little unclear, because they come directly from PealBase’s summary table and I haven’t looked at the peal reports themselves. I think Spliced Major probably includes a lot of peals of Spliced Plain and Little Bob, but it also includes, for example, peals of Spliced Bristol and Double Norwich. Very likely there are also peals of Plain and Little in the Spliced Plain category. Spliced Treble Bob, on closer inspection, is almost entirely in 2 methods, and I’m betting that almost all of these are Kent and Oxford.
|1||Plain Bob Major||3350||30.6|
|2||Kent Treble Bob Major||1248||11.4|
|3||Spliced Surprise Major||1099||10.1|
|4||Yorkshire Surprise Major||824||7.5|
|5||Cambridge Surprise Major||530||4.8|
|6||Oxford Treble Bob Major||458||4.2|
|7||Bristol Surprise Major||411||3.8|
|8||London Surprise Major||327||3.0|
|9||Lincolnshire Surprise Major||263||2.4|
|10||Spliced Treble Bob Major||243||2.2|
|13||Superlative Surprise Major||185||1.7|
|14||Spliced Plain Major||182||1.7|
|15||Rutland Surprise Major||165||1.5|
|16||Double Norwich Court Bob Major||153||1.4|
|17||Pudsey Surprise Major||127||1.2|
|19||Little Bob Major||75||0.7|
|20||St Clement’s College Bob Major||73||0.7|
I stopped at 20 for consistency with the 6 bell table, but I can also reveal that Glasgow comes in at number 21 and Belfast at number 24.
I don’t think there are any big surprises in this table. Even if all kinds of spliced are combined, they are still a long way behind Plain Bob Major (but ahead of Kent). It’s interesting that in the annual breakdown, the preference for Yorkshire over Cambridge only became clearly established in the 1970s.