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Plain Minor Methods

  Plain Minor - Single Oxford Bob


About Single Oxford Bob Minor

Single Oxford Bob Minor represents a step up in the complexity of the work above the treble in that it incorporates a court place with a Plain Bob Lead End. For anyone who has rung Single Court Bob Minor, this is Single Court with 2nds place Lead End.

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Single Oxford Bob Minor combines the maximum amount of dodging above the treble with plain hunting below the treble.

Method Structure.

Place Notation:
X 14 X16 X 16, 12, Bob 14, Single 1234.


Single Oxford Bob Minor change rows and grid

Diagram: 105.04.00 Single Oxford Bob Minor, plain lead, change-rows and grid.

Plain Course structure
The method combines helfully static work across the lead end with enjoyable fluid hunting below the treble.


Learning Single Oxford Bob Minor.

The Structure

The method is characterised by the court places when the treble passes through 2nds and 3rds in both directions. The seconds place lead end then gives rise to a dodge associated with the places, and a three-pull in 5-6.

The Rules

Single Oxford Bob Minor - the rules
When the treble leads, 2nds place is made and the bells in 3-4 and 5-6 dodge.
When the treble passes through 2-3, 4ths place is made and the bells in 5-6 dodge.
Ring Plain Hunting below the treble.

Double Blue Lines

Double Blue Lines

Single Oxford Bob Minor, 1-2

Single Oxford Bob Minor on 1-2

Diagram: 105.04.01 Single Oxford Bob Minor, 1-2.


Single Oxford Bob Minor, 3-4

Single Oxford Bob Minor on 3-4

Diagram: 105.04.02 Single Oxford Bob Minor, 3-4.


Single Oxford Bob Minor, 5-6

Single Oxford Bob Minor on 5-6

Diagram: 105.04.03 Single Oxford Bob Minor, 5-6.

Place Notation


Note that when 3-4 pair are dodging together at the lead end, that pair also makes the court place either side of the lead end.

Place Notation and Grid

The 4ths place either side of the lead end gives the cue into the grid. The grid is a powerful aid to memory for this method.


The grid is sufficent without chopping it up into smaller elements.


Ringing Single Oxford Bob Minor.

Track the treble

Awareness of the position of the treble is a key skill for most bellringing methods, and a significant help in ringing Single Oxford Bob Minor. Some hints and tips for developing the skill are given in the techniques section.

For a ringer that has practices Single Court, the discipline of picking up the treble hunting down through 4ths, 3rds, 2nds will be valuable in ringing Single Oxford Bob Minor.

Positional Awareness

This method hammers home the break between 1-2-3-4 and 5-6

Place Notation Elements

The plain course only contains 4 elements (X, 12, 14, 16), all of which will already have been rung.

Place Bells, Pivot Leads, and Staging posts

The staging post worth noting is the three-pull in 5-6 for a coursing pair.

Awareness of other bells

The manner in which the court places and the bells in 5-6 work together reflects the dodging work of Plain Bob but the court places also disrupt the coursing order.

Coursing Order in Single Oxford Bob Minor

The method preserves the coursing order above the treble (it is a regular method), but as in Single Court, the bell that makes both court places in a lead jumps over two after bells, leads at the hslf lead, and then jumps back into position for the lead end.

The court places move some of the coursing work from a coursing pair to a split pair (3-4), and vice versa.

Ringing the Method

Single Oxford Bob Minor is usually seen as an interesting step up from Plain Bob and slightly easier to ring well that St Clements. It gives valuable practice for the handbell ringer especially at following the position of the treble.


Bobs and Singles.

Whilst the calls appear to be similar to Plain Bob calls, the presence of the court places makes them more interesting.

Bobs cause the dodging in 3-4 to become hunting in 2-3 and 4ths place. Consequently three bells in succession make 4ths and hunt back down to lead.

Single causes the bell that made 4ths as the treble hunted down through 3-2, to make 3rds for the single, and then immediately 4ths for the method.


Touches of Single Oxford Bob Minor

3rds place bell is the pivot bell, and hence the first lead end is 156342 giving calling positions from the tenor as:
4ths, In, Wrong, Before, Home.

Short touches of Single Oxford Bob Minor (short being less than 60 changes) are not readily available.

Touch: 60 Single Oxford Bob Minor

The touch of 60 Single Oxford Bob Minor shown above gives good practice at bobs.
This course, with a bob at every lead end, is equivalent to ringing a plain course of the irregular method named Single College Bob Minor.

Touch: 96 Single Oxford Bob Minor

The observation bell, tenor, makes the bob each time.

Touch: 120 Single Oxford Bob Minor

This is the classical two-course calling brought from Plain Bob Minor, extendable to 360, see 9 below, and 720, see 10 and 11 below.

Touch: 120 Single Oxford Bob Minor
Touch: 120 Single Oxford Bob Minor
Touch: 240 Single Oxford Bob Minor

The beauty of this calling for handbells is the repeating structure for 5-6, where 6 is unaffected and 5 alternately makes 4ths at the bob and 3rds at the single. The calling extends to 720.

Touch: 720 Single Oxford Bob Minor

The calling No 6 extends to 720 by the simple addition of a bob home, repeated twice.

Touch: 360 Single Oxford Bob Minor

Touch: 540 Single Oxford Bob Minor
Touch: 720 Single Oxford Bob Minor

Constructed from calling No 3 by omission of the bob home when 5 and 6 are dodging together.

Touch: 720 Single Oxford Bob Minor

If you have a favourite touch or 720 of Single Oxford Bob Minor, we would love to hear from you.