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This describes a method rung on 5 bells.
A knot (usually a bowline) which does not untie if pulled. This is to stop the tail end falling on the floor when the bell is not in use. Indicates to the ringer that the bell is most likely 'down', but it is always adviseable to check before ringing in case the previous ringer has mistakenly used this knot instead of an 'up knot'
A modern type of rope. Dyneema has a strong polyethylene core surrounded by polyester. It is low stretch (like Pre Stretched Polyester) and very durable. It is a little more expensive than hemp or pre stretched polyester but is rapidly gaining popularity in many towers.
Even bell methods
A method rung on 4,6,8,10 or 12 bells (an even number of bells!)
The maximum number of unique changes in a method.
Flax is widely used as a fibre for Church bell ropes. Quality can vary due to the growing conditions and harvest of the flax used. Like hemp ropes, flax can absorb moisture and stiffen in damp conditions. Ropes can also change length depending on the weather.
Four blows behind
See Long fifths
(or Bell frame) The framework in which bells are hung. Old style frames were usually made of wood, but more modern installations are usually metal.
Fraying or Frayed
To unravel or become worn
Fully muffled bells have a half muffled fitted to each side of the clapper.
A gudgeon is a metal shaft attached to the ends of the headstock, forming an axle on which the bell swings.
A knot which is used to tie a loop of rope around and object, then back to itself.
Hand stroke lead