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Canterbury Surprise Minor

About Canterbury Surprise Minor

Canterbury is a member of the small select group of methods having 6ths place Carlisle above the treble, the group being:

  • Whitley S. (6ths place Carlisle over Ipswich, or 6ths place Northumberland)
  • Wooler S. (6ths place Sandiacre, or Whitley over Bourne)
  • Canterbury S. (6ths place Alnwick, or Wooler over London)
  • Morpeth S. (6ths place Newcastle, or Wooler over Wells)

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A set of 12 handbells

A set of 12 handbells
Method Ringing

A set of 12 handbells

A set of 12 handbells

A set of 12 handbells

A set of 12 handbells
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A set of 12 handbells


Canterbury, like York Surprise Minor is pure London below the treble. This creates a fluid method with backward leading across the half lead.

Method Structure.

Place Notation:
34X36. 14 X 12 X 36.14 X 14. 36, 16; Bob 14, Single 1456.


Canterbury Surprise Minor change rows with grids

Diagram: Canterbury Surprise Minor, plain course, change-rows and grid.

Plain Course structure
Canterbury Surprise Minor is a fluid method combining the tricksy nature of 6ths place Carlisle with the fast flowing backward nature of London.


Learning Canterbury Surprise Minor.

Learn and ring Carlisle and London before starting on Canterbury.

Concerted study of the 5-6 sections will pay dividends. The pairs are roughly equally difficult, including 1-2.

The Structure

The position of the treble can be used to define the work of the other 5 bells. Dodging in 1-2 relates to asymmetric Carlisle work
Dodging in 3-4 is standard for all regular Treble Bob, Delight and Surprise methods and has the essential structure of a Plain Bob Lead end (X 12 X). Dodging in 5-6 relates to the backward hunting in 1-2-3-4.
The 16 Lead End completes the structure of Whitley or Wooler above the treble.
The 36 Half Lead completes the structure of London below the treble.

The transition of the treble between dodging places is the standard (internal) places for a Surprise minor method, 14 for hunting in 2-3, and 36 for hunting in 4-5.

4ths place bell is pivot bell, combined with a 6ths place lead end, the resultant row is 156342.

The Rules

Canterbury Surprise Minor - the rules
This is not a method that can be encapsulated in a simple, easily memorised, language statement other than "6ths Place Carlisle over London".

Double Blue Lines

Double Blue Lines

Canterbury Surprise Minor, 1-2

Canterbury Surprise Minor on 1-2

Diagram: Canterbury Surprise Minor, 1-2.


Canterbury Surprise Minor, 3-4

Canterbury Surprise Minor on 3-4

Diagram: Canterbury Surprise Minor, 3-4.


Canterbury Surprise Minor, 5-6

Canterbury Surprise Minor on 5-6

Diagram: Canterbury Surprise Minor, 5-6.


Pivot bell

4ths place bell bell passes treble in 3-2 and transitions into and out of right place work via a Stedman Whole Turn. This is the start of the London work, and as this is also the pivot bell, the wrong way hunting finishes at the next Stedman Whole Turn


Ringing Canterbury Surprise Minor.

All of the foregoing memory techniques are aimed at enabling the ringer to know, with certainty, in which pair of places his or her bells are intended to be rung. The skill in handbell ringing is putting the bells into those places.

Notes and suggestions will follow in due course.


Bobs and Singles.

Bobs For the bells affected by the calls Morpeth feels a bit like Kent Treble Bob in that the 4ths places links together two pairs of places. However, 4ths place bell is the pivot bell.

Singles. Singles!: you don't need this website to tell you what to do at singles in Canterbury S Minor.


Touches of Canterbury Surprise Minor

4ths place bell is the pivot bell, and hence the first lead end is 156342 giving calling positions from the tenor as:
Out, Home, 4ths, In, Wrong, .

For 240 Canterbury S Minor, call Tenor Out, In, Out, In.
For 720 Omit first call "Out" and repeat twice for a 3-part.