St Peter & St Paul

South Petherton, with the Seavingtons

and the Lambrooks

Cambridge Surprise  Maximus

The only bell that rings the same thing every row is the Treble (Red Line) in an order that is known as treble bobbing.

The other ringers must learn what is known as the blue line, shown here for the bell that starts in 2nd place.

Each line is different and the ringers must learn the line for all the bells except the treble.

When the treble gets back to the front for two strokes together (the lead end) you will see that the 5th bell is in second position , this then does the work that the 2nd bell did last time.

After 528 rows the bells would come round ie: be back at the start order  1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10.11.12

In order to achieve a quarter peal , peal or long length the order that the bells ring in any given line must not be repeated.

In order that this does not happen then one member of the band (the conductor) calls Bob or Single this notifies the ringers that when the treble rings the second of his two blows at the front the bells in 2nd 3rd and 4th place at this time change places. At a bob the bells in 2nd and 3rd place change with each other forcing the bell in 4th place to ring in the same place twice while at a single the bells in 2nd 3rd and 4th all do two blows in the same position, all the bells from 5th position onward continue to ring in  the normal order of things.

It is the conductors job to remember where all the calls come, to ensure all the ringers are in the correct position and to make sure the bells come round at the end, ie: they end up 1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10.11.12 at the end of a certain number of changes.

In one lead end there are 576 changes the world record attempt today is for  21,160  changes.

The ringers cannot be assisted and the same ringers ring for the entire length, ie; any food or drink has to be organised by the ringer himself, there are no comfort breaks!

In order to be scored as a record it has to be judged to ensure bells are rung in the correct order and that there are no mistakes.