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Reverse Bob Minor

About Reverse Bob Minor

Reverse Bob Minor is a close relative of Plain Bob and Double Bob.

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Reverse Bob Minor is very similar to Plain Bob in that the method is essentially plain hunting but unlike Plain Bob, all of the dodging work of the plain course takes place at the half lead, i.e. when the treble lies behind.

Method Structure.

Place Notation:
X 16 X 16 X 56, 16, Bob 14, Single 1456.


Reverse Bob Minor numbers with grid

Diagram: 105.07.00 Reverse Bob Minor, Plain Lead, change-rows and grid.

Plain Course structure
Reverse Bob Minor is a fluid, flowing method akin to Plain Bob.


Learning Reverse Bob Minor.

The Structure

Reverse Bob is inverted Plain Bob.
The dodging and place making are when the treble is in 6ths place.

The Rules

Reverse Bob: The rules
Ring plain hunting except:
When treble lies behind, 5ths place is made and the bells in 1-2, and 3-4 dodge.

Double Blue Lines

Double Blue Lines

Reverse Bob is inverted Plain Bob.
The recommended learning technique is via the rules rather than via the grids or lines. This approach emphasises the major benefit of ringing Reverse Bob, i.e. learning to follow the treble.

Place Notation


The only Blue Line feature worth noting is the lie - 5ths - lie across the half lead].

Place Notation and Grid

Place Notation is not relevant to learning very simply structured plain methods. The grid is not relevant to learning very simply structured plain methods.


Pictels are not relevant to learning very simply structured plain methods.


Ringing Reverse Bob Minor.

Track the treble

Awareness of the position of the treble is a key skill for most bellringing methods, and some hints and tips for developing the skill are given in the techniques section.

For many people, the whole purpose in ringing Reverse Bob is to learn the skill of following the treble, that's what this method is about.

Positional Awareness

Ringing Reverse Bob leads to a better awareness of 5ths place and dodging in 1-2.

Place Notation Elements

The method only contains 3 elements (X, 16, 56), of which only 56 is likely to be new.

Place Bells, Pivot Leads, and Staging posts

These concepts are not relevant to ringing Reverse Bob.

Awareness of other bells

The features of Plain Bob giving rise to awareness of other bells, such as the split lead for a coursing pair, are relevant to Reverse Bob, but need to be reviewed in the light of the way that the chunks of method are created at the half leads.

Coursing Order in Reverse Bob

Like Plain Bob, Reverse Bob is pure natural coursing order.

Ringing the Method

Ring Reverse Bob:
To develop "track the treble skills"
as a change from Double Bob and to explore 6ths place at the lead end
as a method to use in ART LtR Handbells level 4 which calls for ringing a 6ths place method.


Bobs and Singles in Reverse Bob

The calls take effect when the treble is leading.

Bobs in Reverse bob have the same structure as in plain bob, however, the method feels very different from Plain Bob.
The unaffected bells cross over in 2-3.
The bell making the bob makes 4ths, instead of hunting up to 5ths, and then returns to the lead.
The pair of bells in 5-6 are made to dodge.

Singles in Reverse Bob are made in 4ths and 5ths place.
The bell that hunts 4ths to 5ths in a plain lead, makes 4ths at a single and returns to the lead.
The bell that hunts 5ths to 4ths in a plain lead, makes 5ths at a single and returns to lie behind.


Touches of Reverse Bob

It is normal to use the tenor as the observation bell .

Thirds place bell is the pivot bell, and with the 6ths place lead end, the first lead end change row is 135264

The calling positions for the tenor then are:
4ths, Before, In, Wrong, Home.

For a very simple touch (4 leads), call the tenor to make 4ths at a bob, and do that again to bring the ringing back into the plain course. The calling pattern is Bob, Plain, Bob, Plain.

Reverse Bob simple touch


For a two course (10 leads) touch, tenor observation, call bobs Before, In, Before, In.

Reverse Bob 10 lead touch


For a six course (30 leads) touch, tenor observation, call bobs In, Before, In.

Reverse Bob 30 lead touch


For a 720, tenor observation, call single Before, and then the 30 lead touch above. Repeat.

Reverse Bob 720