Rutland Surprise Major

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Rutland has a lot in common with Cambridge but also some significant differences.  Like Yorkshire and Lincolnshire it is described as being “Cambridge above”, i.e. when you are above the treble, it is exactly the same as Cambridge.  If you know where you pass the treble in Cambridge (also Lincolnshire and Yorkshire), then you will find that very useful when ringing Rutland.

There are, however, a couple of very significant differences from Cambridge, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.  In all but 3 leads, you do not go all the way from the front to the back or the back to the front, instead you turn round in 3/4.  One consequence of this is that the lead end order is different from Cambridge.

The lead end order in Rutland is 8, 6, 4, 2, 3, 5, 7 or, if you prefer, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 6, 4.  This is actually easier to remember than the Cambridge order because of its simple progression.  It is the same order as in London and Bristol and is useful for splicing but without the difficulty of London and Bristol.

Remember, when you are above the treble, it is the same as Cambridge and you will pass the bells in the coursing order.  Except when with the treble, all the dodges in 7/8 up are with your course bell and all those in 7/8 down are with your after bell.

Now let’s look at each lead in turn.

2nds place bell starts by doing a treble bob lead (i.e. dodge, lead, dodge) and then makes 4ths, 3rds, 4ths before going back in to do a double dodge and lead.  After leading it goes straight out to 3/4 where it meets and dodges with the treble.  It is now above the treble so does 4ths, 3rds and dodge to become 3rds place bell.

3rds place bell starts above the treble and therefore does the same as in Cambridge in that it treble bob hunts to the back where it does a double dodge up, lies behind and then dodges with the treble.  However, Rutland does not have 7ths made under the treble at the half lead.  Having dodged down with the treble, 3rds place bell hunts to dodge 5/6 down and then go in to lead and dodge.  It then passes the treble in 2/3 and therefore dodges 5/6 up to become 5ths place bell.

5ths place bell also starts like Cambridge by dodging up in 7/8, lying behind and double dodging 7/8 down.  After the double dodge down, it then passes the treble and dodges 5/6 down.  It then makes 3rds from the back and hunts back up to meet and dodge with the treble in 5/6.  It then does 6ths, 5ths and dodge before going out to dodge 7/8 up and become 7ths place bell.

7ths place bell is the pivot bell.  It does lie and dodge at the back and then hunts straight in to the front where it does a double dodge down, leads and does a double dodge up.  It then goes straight out to the back again to do a treble bob lie and become 8ths place bell.

8ths place bell is the reverse of 5ths place bell: 5/6 places down, 3rds, 5/6 up, double dodge 7/8 up, 7/8 down, 5/6 down to become 6ths place bell.

6ths place bell is the reverse of 3rds place bell: in, dodge & lead, 5/6 up, 7/8 up with the treble, double dodge 7/8 down, 5/6 down, 3/4 down to become 4ths place bell.

4ths place bell is the reverse of 2nds place bell: 3/4 places down, lead and double dodge, 4ths, 3rds, 4ths, treble bob lead, 2nds to become 2nds place bell.


Make sure you know where you pass the treble so that you know when it is the same as Cambridge.  This is particularly useful for telling you when to do a double dodge at the back, make places down or dodge 5/6 up.

The Golden Rule in Rutland is that you always dodge in 5/6 except when 7ths place bell.

All dodges in 5/6 in each half of the course, except the dodge with the treble, are with the same bell.  For example, if you ring the 2nd, you dodge with the 7th in the first half of the course and with the 8th in the second half.

When you are doing 4ths, 3rds,4ths in 2nds place bell or 4ths place bell, for one of those sets of 4ths, you will have a bell making 3rds under you.  Likewise, in 5ths and 8ths place bells, when making 3rds, you will have a bell making 4ths above you so you don’t need to look for another bell.