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Pull off cord

This is another term for the clock hammer cord (or wire). Usually found in the ringing room, it's used to secure and disable the clock hammer from striking on the bell during ringing. During a belfry maintenance check, clock hammers and their mechanisms are usually checked to make sure they are in good order and not likely to fail.


Pulley

Pulley (sometimes known as a ground pulley) is found in the bell pit, where the rope turns to pass under the wheel at handstroke.



R

Remembrance Sunday

An occasion held in the United Kingdom as a day to commemorate the contribution of military and civilian servicemen and women who have served in the world wars or subsequent conflicts. It is marked on the nearest Sunday to 11th November, sometimes called Armistice Day. Church bells are usually rung half muffled for services on this day.


Rim

The rim of a wheel, also known as the shroud - the sides or edges either side of the sole.


Ringing Chamber

The area of a tower where the ringers stand to ring - this might be a balcony ring, on the ground floor, or an enclosed room higher in the tower. It is separate from the belfry or bell chamber.


Rope Chute

A vertical tube to guide the rope past obstacles between the bell and the ringer. Or a sloping tube to guide the rope at an angle, similar to a running board


Rope Guide

A circular ring, mounted above the sally in the ringing room, but below the ceiling to steady the lateral movement of the rope. Usually installed in towers with a long draught.


Royal

This describes a method rung on 10 bells.


Running board

Board, usually sloping, underneath a bell rope to guide it between the belfry and the ringing chamber. Sometimes called a slap board.


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Sally

Thick, woollen part of a bell rope which the ringer grips when ringing the handstroke. These are often brightly coloured and striped. The soft wool prevents ringers from holding coarser rope which could chafe their hands.

Sally


Seconds (making seconds)

A common piece of work in many methods. The bell in question leads for two blows, then rings two blows in seconds place, then leads again for two blows.


Shrouding

The rims either side of the sole on a bell wheel.


Slap board

Slap board is another term for a running board, a sloping piece of wood used to guide the rope between the belfry and the ringing chamber.


Snap

Sometimes known as a point, this is a single blow after which the direction of hunting reverses.




Sole

The flat part (base) of the channel around the bell wheel, in between the rims, where the rope lies.


Splice

Make a smooth join between two pieces of rope by opening the individual strands and tucking them between the strands of the other piece


Spokes

A radial piece of wood in the middle of a bell wheel


Stay

Wooden bar attached to the headstock. Usually made of ash wood. By resting against the slider, it supports the weight of the bell just past the balance, so that the bell can be stood in the 'up' position
Stay

Stedman

Named after Fabian Stedman (a late 17th century ringer), this is a popular principle rung on an odd number of bells.


Steeple Keeper

The person responsible for the maintenance and inspection of bells, fittings and ropes.



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