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Half hitch

A knot which is used to tie a loop of rope around and object, then back to itself.

Half lead

The change which is half way between the lead head and the lead end, usually when the treble is lying at the back.

Hand stroke lead

Leading (as the first blow in the change) with a handstroke.


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.