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This is the stroke where the ringers hands are on the sally.


The large piece of metal or timber on top of a bell, to which the bell, its gudgeons, wheel and stay are attached.

Heat gun

A heat gun (sometimes known as a hot air gun) is a versatile tool which looks a bit like a hairdryer but is far, far hotter. They are sometimes used to strip paint, melt varnish or plastic, or in arts and crafts projects. They can be used to melt and shrink heat shrink sleeving

Heat shrink sleeve

High temperature plastic sleeves used for protecting areas of rope, such as splices in the top end. These protect the rope as it goes through ceiling bosses and rope guides and prevent it from catching or being damaged.

Heat Shrink Sleeving

Heat shrink sleeving (or tubing) is a type of extruded plastic tube that reduces in size when heated to a pre-determined shrink ratio to fit over a bell rope, usually used to protect a splice and stop it from getting frayed or damaged by its journey through ceiling bosses.


Hemp is the traditional material for bell ropes. It is an entirely natural fibre and very strong. It may be hard on the hands when it is brand new. Hemp is also likely to absorb moisture and can stiffen in damp conditions. The length of natural ropes such as hemp can be affected by changes in the weather so ropes can suddenly appear shorter or longer depending on the level of humidity.


Hempex is a synthetic hemp, sometimes known also as polyhemp. It is a three stranded, twisted rope, which retains the look and feel of natural hemp.

Hunt Bell

This simply means a bell which is hunting in the method, very often the treble. In twin hunt methods like Grandsire, the working bells also take turns to be the hunt bell.


Also known as plain hunting, this is when a bell changes place once every blow in the same direction for several places.


Insulating tape

Often constructed of vinyl plastic, this is tape which is stretchy and durable. Often used in rope splicing to keep the individual strands separate and easier to work with.

Insulating Tape


Jump the wheel

A rope 'jumping' or 'slipping' the wheel is when the rope comes out of the channel in the wheel during ringing. It can indicate a distorted wheel, a problem with a pulley, or a misaligned wheel. Ringing with very good handling and a taut rope can sometimes mitigate the problem if a particular bell is prone to its rope slipping the wheel, but it can indicate an issue that needs resolving in the belfry.


Kent frontwork

The 'frontwork' of Kent Treble bob, this is basically making places in 1st and second position over all the other working bells, started and finished by a single dodge with the treble.

Kent places

Two continguous places during hunting. In Kent minor, these places would be made in 3-4 position, (instead of a dodge).


A fastening or join


Lead end

The last row of a lead of a method (the first blow when the treble leads).


Striking one or more blows (usually two) in first place.

Long fifths

This describes a bell ringing for four blows in 5ths place. E.g in Plain Bob doubles, the fourth place bell hunts to the lead, then hunts to the back and rings four blows in 5ths place (known as long fifths, or four blows behind).


Sloped boards set in rows in the belfry windows to stop rain getting in, but to allow the sound of the ringing out. Usually made of wood.

Lying behind

Lying behind is when the bell rings for more than one consecutive blow in the last place in the change.



This describes a method rung on 8 bells.

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