[r-t] Anything Goes vs Peals Mean Something
richard at ex-parrot.com
Sun Aug 10 12:19:25 UTC 2008
Mark Davies wrote:
> OK, I guess these are good examples. I'm slightly surprised they exist, to
> be honest. Who were the conductors and composers? Was there any controversy
> over them at the time?
Dunno. I've given you all the details I have. Though I too
would be interested to know more.
> Why the doubt over the Grandsire length?
At a guess because he was doing it from memory. I probably
remembered it was one lead short of an extent, but couldn't
remember whether it was a handstroke or backstroke finish.
> My guess is that both peals were rung after it became acceptable to ring a
> 5000 of Major,
>From a very brief and incomplete search, the first peal of
fewer than 5040 changes that I can find was 5016 Bob Maximus
as Southwark in 1740. For major, as 5040 is a natural
length for plain major and 5056 is an easy length for Kent
or Oxford, I expect the first sub-5040 peals of major were
> However by the sound of it this was never repeated,
I don't think we have enough evidence to say this. I only
have access to a list of ASCY peals up to 1873, and there
are no further examples there. But we've already gone from
believing no-one would do such a thing to uncovering two
examples. Who's to say there aren't a few more hiding away?
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