In England, the change ringing is mostly practiced. This is done not only on festivity days, but also on sports competitions. The interest for this is growing in the Netherlands as well. Changeringing can be done with any number of bells, a peal. (a peal is any number of bells) Suppose we take a peal of six bells. From each of the six bells, ropes are usually guided to the level below. Six persons stand at this lower level in a circle. They are refered to as the changeringers. They will ring the bells in a special manner. Each ringing handles an identical single bell. The changeringers take turns to ring their bells ones. Lets call those changeringers 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6. Below is an example in which manner the bells can be rung (Plain Hunt). There are more complicated exercises as well.
The sequences are different and quite frequently, the ringer does not move from his place. The more bells are being used, the more sequences are then possible. See example below:
|Number of bells||Number of sequences|
|3||3 x 2 = 6|
|4||4 x 6 = 24|
|5||5 x 24 = 120|
|6||6 x 120 = 720|
|7||7 x 720 = 5040|
|8||8 x 5040 = 40320|
|9||9 x 40320 = 362880|
|10||10 x 362880 = 3628800|
So a peal of 6 bells has 720 sequence (row) possibilities. If every quarter of a second a bell is ringed, it takes, in case of 6 bells, 18 minutes to have each sequence passing by once. With 8 bells this takes 22 hours and 24 minutes. In practice, of course this doesn’t happen other than for a new record in the Guiness Book of records. But will there be any village allowing this?
Every bell is rang by hand via a special wheel of which the bell will come at rest in the mouth upward position. Change ringing has the following characteristics:
Some websites about change ringing: