[Bell Historians] Early handbell ringing

Richard Offen richard.offen at Ng2o9yIK0MH_MF1w7WM1HOJG3yxtzocXQW9VxDL5BWlsq5CNxVRKefA0oLmn5mXr6sr7tBfgHmt5LGuEyzF0q2VPWw.yahoo.invalid
Sun Mar 8 12:34:49 GMT 2009

Wasn't that the occasion when they walked from London to Dover, calling in
for a ring at Canterbury Cathedral en route?





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Note a definitive answer, but an early reference I happened to remember -
from Bill Cook's history of the College Youths:


The College Youths concluded their outing with a trip across to Calais on
the Friday. They took their handbells with them, and rang" one Course of
Cinques on the Hand Bells on Friday ye 2d of June 1732 at Calais in France &
another when they were half Seas over". This would not, of course, have been
the double-handed ringing practised on hand bells today; it was either
single-handed ringing or 'lapping'. It is the earliest known mention of
change ringing on handbells. 


Half seas over doesn't mean over-indulgence in alcoholic refreshment in this




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