Twin-Hunt Methods

Most twin-hunt methods are like Grandsire, with the treble and 2 both plain hunting in the plain course. Here are some examples, with the treble shown in red, the 2 in black and the working bells in blue.

Grandsire Minimus Double Antelope Doubles New Bob Minor London Bob Triples

The 2, however, can be affected by Bobs and Singles. When a call is made, the 2 will come out of the hunt and will join the blue line for the method. It will be replaced by one of the working bells, which will then keep plain hunting until the next call is made. Note the potentially confusing use of the definite article in the phrase "the hunt". Although there are two hunt bells, the treble is taken for granted; "the hunt bell" refers to the bell which is currently 2nds place bell, which may be any of the working bells.

Every such twin-hunt method at one stage corresponds to a single-hunt method at the next lower stage, and they will usually have the same name. For instance, compare New Bob Doubles and New Bob Minor:

New Bob Doubles New Bob Minor

The easiest way to look at this correspondence is to examine the grids for the two methods. Firstly, here is the work below the treble:

New Bob Doubles New Bob Minor

You can see that there is exactly the same space to fill below the one hunt bell in the Doubles (left) as there is below the two hunt bells in the Minor (right). There are 8 blows in the lead, 6 blows in seconds place, 4 blows in thirds place and 2 blows in fourths. And the work filling that space is identical.

Similarly above the treble:

New Bob Doubles New Bob Minor

There is again the same space to fill in each case, so we know we will be able to fit exactly the same work into each method.

So comparing our two methods, the work below the treble is exactly the same - they both have double-dodging in 1-2, with 3rds made from the back. But above the treble, everything has been shifted a place higher in the Minor. There is still that lie-point-lie-point-lie work, but it's in 5ths and 6ths places in the Minor, whereas it was in 4ths and 5ths places in the Doubles version. Instead of making seconds in Doubles (over one hunt bell), you make thirds in the Minor, with both hunt bells below you.

Looking next at Double Antelope Doubles, taking out the second hunt bell will leave us with a Minimus method. But this time it doesn't have the same name. So, which features are we expecting? Here is the blue line again:

Double Antelope Doubles

The work below the treble should be just the same; places in 1-2 and 3rds made from the back. The work above the treble will be shifted one place lower; instead of 4-5 places, we will get 3-4 places and instead of making 3rds over two hunt bells, we will make seconds over the single hunt bell. Do you recognise which Minimus method has these properties? Here is the blue line:

It's Double Canterbury Place Minimus. Here are the two grids for comparison; I have included two leads, so the work above the treble is easier to see.

Double Canterbury Place Minimus Double Antelope Doubles

This correspondence between a twin-hunt method at one stage and a single-hunt method at the next lower stage also works in the other direction. We can take any single-hunt method and add an extra hunt bell. Once again we'll have the same spaces to fill in each case, both above and below the treble, so it will always work.

For instance, let's take Double Oxford Bob Minor and add another hunt bell. Here are the grids. Again, the work below the hunt bell(s) is still exactly the same, while the work above the hunt bell(s) is exactly the same shape, but one place higher.

Double Oxford Bob Minor Double Oxford Bob Triples

We've still got triple-dodging at the front and triple-dodging at the back. We've still got 5ths made from the back, but the 2nds from the front is now shifted up a place to 3rds. However, the middle work has been changed slightly. Remember, the part of it that is below the treble stays in the same place, but the work above the treble is shifted one place higher. So, on the way down, you still dodge 3-4 and make 3rds, but then you do 5ths and dodge 4-5, which is fun. Here are the blue lines:

Double Oxford Bob Minor Double Oxford Bob Triples

Another point to make about these methods is that the points of symmetry have moved slightly. They still have palindromic symmetry, but while the points of symmetry are at the lead-end and half-lead in the single-hunt methods, they are a blow later in the twin-hunt versions, coming at the points between the leads of hunt bells and between where they lie behind.

I mentioned Grandsire at the start, as the most commonly rung twin-hunt method. This is another exception to the rule that corresponding single-hunt and twin-hunt methods share the same name. Here's the grid for Grandsire Triples, again showing more than a lead, so the work above the treble is clearer:

Grandsire Triples

The work below the treble is just plain hunting. The work above the treble just has 3rds made from the front at the point of symmetry, with dodges at the same point, in 4-5 and 6-7. So what is the single-hunt version? It must be Minor, being one stage lower and it will still have plain hunt below the treble. The work above the treble will be one place lower, so at the lead end, 2nds will be made, with dodging in 3-4 and 5-6.

The corresponding method is Plain Bob Minor. Here are the two grids, for comparison. The only real difference is that, because the symmetry point has moved, Grandsire starts with some work immediately, whereas in Plain Bob, you plain hunt until the first lead end.

Plain Bob Minor Grandsire Triples

Similarly, the twin-hunt method corresponding to Plain Bob Doubles is Grandsire Minor. Here are the grids:

Plain Bob Doubles Grandsire Minor

And here are the blue lines. Note the four blows behind in Grandsire Minor (which is found in Grandsire at all even stages, just as it only comes in Plain Bob at odd stages).

Plain Bob Doubles Grandsire Minor

So far, we have only looked at methods where two hunt bells course each other, but that doesn't have to be the case. For instance, Arlesey Bob Minor is a rather nice double method, in which the hunt bells are the treble and the tenor. As before, a call will affect the tenor, which will then become a working bell, while another bell goes "into the hunt" (i.e. becomes 6ths place bell and plain hunts until the next call).

Arlesey Bob Minor

It can also be rung with the work at the lead end. This has been named Helen Bob Minor (and indeed rung spliced with Arlesey), but, being a rotation of Arlesey, is not technically entitled to a separate name.

Helen Bob Minor

If you want to see some more twin-hunt Doubles methods, where the hunt bells don't course, see here.

For methods where the second hunt bell doesn't ring plain hunt, see here.