[r-t] Fulbourn Surprise Minor

Richard Smith richard at ex-parrot.com
Mon Jun 6 13:41:26 UTC 2016

On 7 Dec 1789, "after a great number of unsuccessful 
attempts by professors of the art in various parts of the 
kingdom", the Cambridge Youths rang a 720 of "Fulbourn 
Surprize" at St Edwards, Cambridge.  Can anyone help 
identify this method?  The 720 was described as having 154 
bobs and 2 singles, so it's evidently not be a surprise 
method in the modern sense.

>From the way it's been recorded in the Youths' records (and 
several newspapers), it's clear they regarded it as a 
significant achievement.  The band that rang it was very 
experienced; five of them had been in the long length of 
maximus at GSM a decade earlier and were or were to become 
members of the College Youths; the sixth ringer, who 
conducted the 720, had umpired the long peal of maximus.  So 
whilst there may be a degree of hyperbola in the description 
of it, it's clear the method (or perhaps the composition) 
was complicated by the standards of the time.


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