[r-t] Stedman Minor and Shipway Minor

Don Morrison dfm at mv.com
Mon Jun 13 14:38:29 UTC 2005

The CC's Collection of Principles (2000) gives Stedman Minor as Stedman 
Doubles with an additional bell making six blows behind throughout a 
six, and a cross instead of 5ths joining the sixes. The collection 
makes the statement "Stedman at even stages does not conform to the 
Central Council requirements for methods", though it doesn't elaborate 
on why not. It's really a differential kind of thingie, with two 
3-cycles, rather than a principle -- I don't know whether that's a 
legal differential method these days or not. If you care about whether 
or not what you ring conforms to the CC Decisions, I think it could 
almost certainly be force fit into conforming now by thinking of it as 
variable cover Stedman Doubles.

The collection gives the following extent by Thomas Thurstans, as rung 
in Birmingham in 1819:

  -  346125
  -  413265
  -  412635
  -  164325
  -  163245
  -  621435
  -  624315
(-) 236145
  -  231465
  -  345126
10 part, omitting (-) from parts 3 and 8.
- = 56

Viewed as Stedman Variable Cover Doubles, you'd simply interchange the 
bobs and omits.

I've no idea whether or not this is the same "Stedman Minor" as Sam 
recalls seeing in Campanalogia -- it's certainly not the same method as 
Sam suggested, though in doing so he did say he didn't remember for 
sure what it was, so perhaps this is it? In any case, it would appear 
likely to be the method he mentions as having been rung for the St 
Martin's Guild in the 19th century.

For Shipway Minor (the method Eddie discussed) the same collection 
gives the following 720 by Jonathan Deane as the first rung in the 
principle, in Guildford in 1993:

123456  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  9  10
532461     -  -  s  -  -  s     -
163254              s        s  -
134256  s     s           s
3 part
Starts in the middle of a quick eight,
with - = 16 and s = 3456.

Don Morrison <dfm at mv.com>
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