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Treble Bob Methods

  Treble Bob Minor - Kent

Kent Treble Bob Minor

About Kent Treble Bob Minor

Kent Treble Bob Minor is normally the first method rung after the Plain methods have been explored, and in preparation for the more difficult Treble Bob, Delight and Surprise methods.

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Kent T.B.

Kent Treble Bob Minor is the simplest Treble Bob structure that preserves natural coursing order.

Method Structure.

Place Notation:
34 X 34. 16 x 12 x 16 x 12 x 16, 16, Bob 14, Single 1456.


Kent Treble Bob Minor change rows with grid

Diagram: 106.01.00 Kent Treble Bob Minor, plain lead, change-rows and grid.

Plain Course structure
The first and last sections of a lead have Kent TB Places with dodging in 1-2 and 5-6. The rest of the method is an alternation between plain hunting (16) and dodging (12). The 5 working bells take their turn, in natural coursing order, as the "slow bell", 2nds place bell.


Learning Kent Treble Bob Minor.

The Structure

The method is defined by the path of the treble which rings Treble Bob Hunting.

The Rules

Kent Treble Bob Minor - the rules
The treble rings treble bob hunting.
When the treble dodges in 1-2, Kent places are made in 3-4.
When the treble dodges above 1-2, the slow bell (2nds place bell) makes seconds over the lead bell, and the other bells dodge in 3-4 and 5-6, one of them with the treble.
When the slow bell is leading, all of the bells ring plain hunting.

Double Blue Lines

Double Blue Lines

Kent Treble Bob Minor, 1-2

Kent Treble Bob Minor on 1-2

Diagram: 106.01.01 Kent Treble Bob Minor, 1-2.


Kent Treble Bob Minor, 3-4

Kent Treble Bob Minor on 3-4

Diagram: 106.01.02 Kent Treble Bob Minor, 3-4.


Kent Treble Bob Minor, 5-6

Kent Treble Bob Minor on 5-6

Diagram: 106.01.03 Kent Treble Bob Minor, 5-6.

Place Notation


The major blue line feature is Kent TB places. The places are made "wrong", i.e. backstroke to handstroke, and are contiguous, the one always follows the other.

The slow bell structure (X 16 X 12 X 16 X 12 X 16 x 12 x 16 X 12 X 16 X) creates a Plain Bob Lead End Structure every 4 changes.

Place Notation and Grid

Whilst the Place Notation is straightforward, (apart from the places), the regularity of the structure makes this a method to ring by the grid.


There is no value in splitting this method into picture elements.


Ringing Kent Treble 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 Kent Treble Bob Minor. Some hints and tips for developing the skill are given in the techniques section.

The 4 bells that follow the slow bell in the coursing order lead in turn. The treble dodges each time the slow bell makes seconds over one of the other working bells. Hence the skill of following the treble works well in Kent Treble Bob, all stages.

Positional Awareness

Extensive practice at Bastow Little Bob is good preparation for ringing the treble bob hunting work of Kent Treble Bob.

Place Notation Elements

The plain course only contains 4 elements (34X34., X, 12, 16), 34X34 may have been rung in Kent Little Bob.

Place Bells, Pivot Leads, and Staging posts

The slow work acts as a staging post for all pairs of bells.

Awareness of other bells

Kent TB (all stages) preserves the natural coursing order, and hence the method has much of Plain Bob about it. All the pairs reflect the separations that occur in a course of Plain Bob to a lesser or greater degree.

Coursing Order in Kent Treble Bob Minor

The dominance of the natural coursing order is the main reason for Kent Treble Bob being more popular than Oxford Treble Bob. The method has the following features:

  • The treble passes bells in natural order from lead to lie, including the dodging.
    The treble skips past the next bell in order which is the bell in the slow.
    The treble then passes the bells in natural coursing order back down to lead.
  • The bell in the slow makes seconds over each of the other bells in turn, in coursing order.
  • All of the working bells work together in natural coursing order, except that where you would meet the slow bell, it is replaced by the treble.

Ringing the Method

Treble Bob methods have a rhythm that is different from Plain methods, it is a refreshing change. Kent is an excellent place to begin learning Treble Bob methods.


Bobs and Singles.

Bobs A bob causes the bell that has just made Kent places out to remain in 4ths and start Kent places in. The net effect is 4 consecutive blows in 4ths place.

The bob causes the hunting in 5ths and 6ths to be replaced by a dodge, the net effect being three consecutive dodges in 5-6.

Singles Singles are closely akin to the singles in Reverse Bob, and are rarely used in Kent Treble Bob Minor.


Touches of Kent Treble Bob Minor.

2nds place bell is the pivot bell, and hence the first lead end is 142635 giving calling positions from the tenor as:
Home, In, Out, 4ths, Wrong.

Using the tenor as observation bell, normally unaffected by calls, means that many calls are made as the tenor enters or exits the slow work.

1: 72 Kent TB Minor

72 Kent Treble Bob Minor, BBB

Home In Out 4ths Wrong 23456 53246 Changes

3 23456 53246 72

Total 72

Abel Composition Code


This simple touch exploits the way in which bells dodging for a bob repeat their previous work. In this case, the tenor repeats 6ths place bell and dodges home on the last call.

2: 240 Kent TB Minor

240 Kent Treble Bob Minor, In Out In Out

Home In Out 4ths Wrong 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 54326 24536 120
Bob Bob 23456 53246 120

Total 240

Abel Composition Code

2 ( 2 3 )

Call Bob each time the tenor is unaffected.

3: 360 Kent TB Minor

360 Kent Treble Bob Minor, In In In

Home In Out 4ths Wrong 23456 53246 Changes

Bob 35426 25346 120
Bob 52436 32546 120
Bob 23456 53246 120

Total 360

Abel Composition Code

2 2 2

Call Bob each time the tenor is about to enter the slow.

4: 360 Kent TB Minor

360 Kent Treble Bob Minor, Out Out Out

Home In Out 4ths Wrong 23456 53246 Changes

Bob 42356 52436 120
Bob 34256 54326 120
Bob 23456 53246 120

Total 360

Abel Composition Code

3 3 3

Call Bob each time the tenor is about to come out of the slow.

5: 600 Kent TB Minor

600 Kent Treble Bob Minor, In In In Out Out Out

Home In Out 4ths Wrong 23456 53246 Changes

Bob 35426 25346 120
Bob 52436 32546 120
Bob Bob 42356 52436 120
Bob 34256 54326 120
Bob 23456 53246 120

Total 600

Abel Composition Code

2 2 2 3 3 3

6: 720 Kent TB Minor

720 Kent Treble Bob Minor, In Out In Repeat twice

Home In Out 4ths Wrong 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 54326 24536 120
Bob 42356 52436 120

Repeat twice Total 3 x 240

Abel Composition Code

3 ( 2 3 2 )


Conducting touches of Kent Treble Bob Minor.

The first responsibility of the conductor is to ring his or her bell correctly. Whilst this may be achieved by simply following a blue line, such a narrow approach is fragile, and a stronger ringer will use multiple techniques for ringing a method. See above for our notes on ringing Kent Treble Bob Minor.

The second responsibility is to make the calls in the right place. To discharge this responsibility first ensure that you know the touch thoroughly well. Practice the touch using Handbell Manager / Abel, ensure you are ringing at a realistic speed.

The third responsibility is to check that the ringing is correct. There are generally seen to be two approaches to this: change row observation, and continuous observation of coursing order.

Change row observation.

The normal approach to this is to learn part ends and spot them when they turn up. Needless to say, but if you miss it for any reason, essentially you need to wait to the next part end.

Continuous observation of Coursing Order.

To use this technique, the conductor first needs to know what the coursing order is that the bells are supposed to be ringing. Therefore the coursing order for the touch needs to be followed, either by transposing the order at each call, or learning the orders as they should turn up at each call.

The conductor then needs to develop the skill of seeing the order of the bells. Start with one easy example, when tenor is in the slow, it makes seconds over the other four bells in coursing order.

Next, note, for that lead when tenor is slow bell, the first bell over which it makes 2nds is its after-bell, 5 in plain course. That bell is going to hunt up, dodge 5-6 up with treble, make second places down, and enter the slow work next lead, even if a call is made.

Let me put that another way, "The handover from slow bell to slow bell is in coursing order".

Developing the skills.

These skills can be developed without anyone else knowing:

  • Practice in your head (not whilst driving a vehicle).
  • Practice on the simulator.
  • Practice in a practice session by actively watching when someone else is calling the bobs.

Correcting trips.

Just don't get hung up about correcting trips.

If you have done the work to ring your own bell without mistakes, you know you have made the calls correctly, and at the last observation the bells were all in the correct order, then you have not wasted anyone's time. And. If you are up at that skill level, you will probably be correcting trips without thinking about it.