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Treble Bob Minor

The work of the treble - Treble Bob Hunting

Treble Bob methods are treble dominated just as they are in Plain methods, however, the treble dodges in each pair of places every time it hunts in each direction. Writing out the movement of the treble amongst the other bells we have:

Treble bob for the treble bell

Unlike plain hunting, if all the bells followed the path of the treble from their starting positions, each row would be repeated, which defeats the object of change ringing. To avoid repetition, places are made by the other bells as called for in the relevant method.


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T.B. Method Types

This dodging path for the treble is the basis of three further categories of method, Treble Bob, Delight, and Surprise.

In Treble Bob Methods, 1st and 6th places are made whenever the treble is hunting between the dodging positions. In 3rds place Delight, 3rds place is made when the treble hunts between 4th and 5th places, and in 4ths place Delight, 4ths is made when the treble hunts between 2nds and 3rds. In Surprise methods, the places for 3rds and 4ths place delight are combined.

Examples (with method-type definitive places highlighted):

Oxford Treble Bob Minor: -34-16-12-16-12-16/16
Woodbine Delight Minor: -34-14-12-16-12-16/16 (4ths place Delight)
Morning Exercise Delight Minor: -34-16-12-36-14-56/16 (3rds place Delight)
Cambridge Surprise Minor: -36-14-12-36-14-56/12

In regular methods, the penultimate place is never made unless the treble is lying behind, hence the places made when the treble is dodging in 3-4 is always -12-.

Kent and Oxford Treble Bob

Kent and Oxford Treble Bob.

These two methods are identical in structure except when the treble is dodging in 1-2.
Kent T.B. 34-34.16-12-16-12-16/16, Bob 14, Single: 1456
Oxford T.B. -34-16-12-16-12-16/16, Bob 14, Single 1456.

Oxford has the simpler structure with right places places being made, but Kent is often thought easier to ring as it better preserves the natural coursing order of the bells.

In these methods the work of the seconds place bell is identical, in that it involves dodging with the treble, and then alternately leading and making seconds place until the treble returns when this bell dodges with the treble and hunts out to thirds place.

In Oxford Treble Bob (all numbers 6, 8, etc.), the places made when the treble dodges in 1-2 are 3rds and 4ths, and the bells making these places turn round and treble bob hunt in the opposite direction

In Kent the places made are 34-34, and the whole method is 34-34.16-12-16-12-16/16, so rather than dodging as you would in treble bob, or turning round, as you would in Oxford T.B., the bells passing through 3rds and 4ths make contiguous places.

Kent and Oxford numbers with grids

Ringing the Methods

In approaching Kent and Oxford Treble Bob, the ringer should practice the standard plain methods such as Little Bob, Bastow Little Bob, and treble bob hunting (with repetitions) before tackling Kent and Oxford T.B. Once you are confident about ringing the pairs in Bastow, it's time to tackle the places in Kent and Oxford.

In both Kent and Oxford, two bells (not necessarily a ringing pair) always make the places together, twice, in the same lead.

Kent Places
In Kent T.B. the 3-4 places are made wrong, that is backstroke to hand stroke, and a careful study of those places will pay dividends.
After the slow, you make 3rds and then 4ths whilst the treble dodges 1-2 up, and the bell that made the places is coursing the treble until they meet and cross in 2-3. Following that point the treble is dodging 1-2 down, and the crossing bell again makes 3rds and then 4ths.
And, for every bell making 3rds and 4ths, there is a specific bell making 4ths and 3rds at the same time.

Coursing pairs strike a blow in adjacent places inside the change and the ringer needs to be ready for this to keep the striking crisp and even.

Oxford Places
In Oxford T.B. The places made when the treble is dodging are 3rds and 4ths, rather like a single in Plain Bob, except the bells in 1-2 are dodging. But then the bells that made the places have swapped positions amongst the other bells, so instead of coming down to lead in the order 2-4-6-5-3 as in Kent (interspersed with 2), the bells in Oxford TB come down to lead in the order 2-3-6-5-4. This may not seem like a big deal but it is surprising how much beginners rely on natural coursing order.

When the treble dodges 1-2 up on Oxford T.B. a pair of bells makes 3rds and 4ths as already mentioned, and then go out of natural coursing order. When the treble is back to dodging 1-2 down, the same pair of bells makes 4ths and 3rds and goes back into natural coursing order.

Plain Course structure
So a plain course of Kent or Oxford comprises:

  • two leads of treble bob hunting
  • two leads of treble bob hunting amended by either Kent or Oxford places
  • one lead of slow work

With good practise on easier methods such as Plain Bob and Bastow Little Bob, the above notes are sufficient to enable a developing ringer to learn and to practise Kent and Oxford Treble Bob Minor. To ring the methods really well, get out a pad of graph paper and draw out the pairs of bells (numbers don't matter apart from treble) as they work through the places. Study, and then memorise the spacing of the bells through the places.

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Kent and Oxford
- The rules

Kent and Oxford Treble Bob - the rules.

Kent and Oxford Treble Bob - the rules
The treble rings treble bob hunting.
When the treble dodges in 1-2, Kent or Oxford 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 treble hunts, the slow bell is leading.

Where is the treble?

Each rule is defined relative to the position of the treble, and the treble is more easily observed than in plain methods because it dodges in each pair of places in each direction.

Once the basics of these methods have been memorised, the method structure develops a unique peaceful ringing rhythm. However, ringers tend to polarise round either Kent or Oxford!

Other Treble Bob Methods

Beyond Kent and Oxford Treble Bob.

There are many interesting Treble Dodging methods which may be overlooked in the march towards ringing Surprise. Here are a few, relatively easy examples:

College Exercise T.B.
-34-16-12-16-34-56/12 B14 S1234.
Place / dodge / place across Lead End and Half Lead

Duke of Norfolk T.B.
-34-16-12-16-12-56/12 B14 S1234
Oxford with 5ths at half lead and 2nds at the Lead End

Norbury T.B.
-34-16-12-16.34-34.56/12 B14 S1234
2nds place Oxford above the treble, double Kent places below

Ockley T.B.
-34-16-12-16.34-12.56/12 B14 S1234
2nds place Oxford with interesting front work