[Bell Historians] Early Change Ringing.
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Thu Jul 16 15:42:16 BST 2009
Anne Willis wrote:
> I have no idea if these changes are contemporary with the register or if
> someone used the handy blank back pages at a later date. I am very grateful
> to one of the archivists for drawing my attention to them.
Blimey. When I said "I could easily believe that Sixty on
Thirds also dates to the first half of the seventeenth
century", I had assumed that this would remain a matter of
conjecture. I certainly didn't expect to shown firm
evidence of them being in use by the middle of that century.
Thank you for mentioning it.
I'm not sure whether you've realised, but the figures in the
left and middle columns you've quoted from the Wootton
Bassett registers are exactly Sixty on Thirds, but without
the inital and final stages of calling the bells into and
back from queens. The idea of starting from queens feels
like a much more recent innovation than actual Sixty on
Thirds bit of it.
The right-hand column is more curious, though. To start
with it looks like it might just be Plain Changes, but if
you have correctly read rows 11 and 12, this is not the
case and the piece of ringing runs trivially false. What is
curious is the juxtaposition of a sophisticated five-bell
piece of ringing with what appears to be quite an amature
piece on four. Do the two appear appear to be written in
the same hand?
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