[r-t] New Grandsire [was Old methods]

John Camp camp at bellringers.org
Sat Jul 19 20:04:52 UTC 2008

At 10:27 on 18 July 2008, Simon Humphrey wrote:

> Incidentally, what was the first surprise composition to contain a single?
> Was it Brian Price's 5090 of Cambridge?

I think we've done this before on one of the lists, but it may be
relevant that, before singles were seen as acceptable, peals of
Cambridge and Yorkshire Maximus were reduced from 5280 by the expedient
of ringing one lead of the 12ths-place version.  I rang in two such
peals, called by Basil Jones, at Ashton-under-Lyne, in 1964, and I'm
sure there were others.  They were published as 'spliced surprise
maximus'.  Well, it made us feel good!

No-one seems to have wondered why singles couldn't be used.

John Camp

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