[r-t] Maidstone Major & Bob Major Triples

Philip Earis pje24 at cantab.net
Wed Jul 30 13:18:13 UTC 2008

Does nobody have the information below?  I'm genuinely curious and

On a slightly different point, I wonder if anybody could give
information about the two principles below?  Both are mentioned in the
CC Principles book, but strangely (unlike all the other methods
included) no notation of further details for them is given. There's
nothing in the online method collection either.

1) Maidstone Major - Joseph Tebbs came up with the first composition.
This was first pealed at St John's, Wakefield on 18 August 1809 in 3h32
by the St John's Youths, conducted by William Woodhead.

There should be more information at RW 1957, p596 (article by David
Cubitt), but I don't have access to this.  A further peal was rung on
6/2/1814 at Borden, Kent, by the Borden Youths (possibly described in
Morris's History and Art, page 139)

The Felstead archive (http://www.felstead.org.uk/) says both the
Wakefield and Borden peal were "Maidstone Bob Major". This method is
listed on the Methods Committee website as j &-18-16-58-78, first pealed
in 1947.  If this was the method rung, why does it appear in the
Principles book (and why does the website say it was first pealed over a
century later)?

2) Bob Major Triples - A 5040 rung at St Martin's in the Fields,
Westminster on 20 May 1738, in 2hrs 55 min by the Union Scholars,
conducted by John Denmead, "containing the Treble Leads and Bobs of ye
compleat peal of 40320 Bob Major, Eight In.". The CC booklet says "The
method is Original, with bobs made on the front (thirds instead of
lead)", and points to Morris's History and Art, page 85. Is the
composition for this known?  I'd be very interested to see it.  Felstead
reports this peal as "Bob Major Trebles"

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