[r-t] Plain Bob Triples

edward martin edward.w.martin at gmail.com
Mon Jul 31 12:18:01 UTC 2006

On 7/31/06, Stephen Penney <stephen at ucalegon.com> wrote:
> Why, in the diary, does it mark the first lead of Plain Bob Triples
> as 'M', and the penultimate lead as 'W', whereas the other way round
> clearly makes much more sense?
> Percy
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I think it dates back at least to Jasper Whitfield Snowdon who, on
page 84 of his book 'Ropesight' says:
"On seven bells, however, there are three places above fourths; of
these the last two are respectively known as 'Wrong' and 'Home' as in
Minor, and the remaining position (fifths place at the lead-end) is
termed the 'Middle'. The terms 'Middle', 'Wrong' and 'Home'
respectively, are, therefore used on seven and also on any higher
number of bells, to express the three hindermost places at the

However, I agree with Percy that this is one tradition with which we
should brea, and maintain the consistency that from the plain course
coursing order of  x-5-3-2-4-6-x  bobs affecting the first trio (532)
should always be called 'W'; the middle trio 'H' and the last trio "M'
- irrespective of what actual positional place bell 'x' may occuppy at
the lead end


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