[Bell Historians] Open handstrokes

Bickerton, Roderic (SELEX GALILEO, UK) Roderic.Bickerton at aeK0etHba9UBeMTP3wTK7X78wnc3fC_gor48sT2EUR_AwEE4Lys9LMqzHQdH-VtKVxSXcKWmKgE1-Tu7bPRshNr8uRSyJUZe.yahoo.invalid
Mon Jun 21 16:50:38 BST 2010

 What an interesting question, as it is not practiced in parts of the
west country and Yorkshire, although now dying out in Yorkshire, I
wonder if it had more to do with changing fashion?
With the Yorkshire closed hand stroke ringing once in to changes its
impossible (for me) to have a clue what's being rung.
I like it just as much as open lead ringing, its just different.
The inelegant sounding tenors wrong at back problem is non existent, so
its not without advantages.


Does anyone know when ringing with an open hand stroke lead first
and why?

It is clearly described in the Clavis Campanalogia of 1788, but I can't

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