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learning Yorkshire Surprise Major

Homework time again. This time we’ve been told to learn Yorkshire (Yorkshire Surprise Major) for next week. It’s been a while since I set out to learn a new method – perhaps it’s becoming easier. We shall see.

Yorkshire is similar in parts to Cambridge (the method, not the geography, that is). Whereas Cambridge contains ‘Cambridge places’, Yorkshire has a shorter form ‘Yorkshire places’ or ‘short places’ of dodge, make places, dodge (whereas in Cambridge it is: dodge, make places, dodge, make places, dodge). Places are made in 3-4 and in 5-6 up and down. Here for example is how you ring Yorkshire places in 3-4
up:

x——
x—– Yorkshire 3-4 places up
x—-
x—–
x—-
x—-
x—–
x—–
x—-
x—–
x—-
—-x— and carry on up

The backwork is identical to that in Cambridge – and indeed, Yorkshire is identical to Cambridge if you are above the treble. This means that whenever you pass above the treble you do whatever you would have done in Cambridge if you had passed the treble at that point, and this continues until you pass below the treble. Now if only I could ring Cambridge by the treble this might be some help!

Yorkshire also includes the frontwork of Cambridge, but it is split into two separate halves, and you don’t get to dodge or make seconds over the treble in either half.

First thing is to try and remember the order of work, which looks like this, assuming we are ringing the 2.

dodge down with the treble
treble bob up
triple-dodge in 5-6 up
2 & 1 at the back (double dodge 7-8 up, lie, single dodge 7-8 down)
dodge 5-6 down

straight down to the lead
second half of frontwork (dodge down, lead, make 2nds, dodge down, dodge up)
straight up

Yorkshire places in 5-6 up
treble bob at the back (dodge 7-8 up, lie, dodge 7-8 down)
Yorkshire places 3-4 down
dodge and lead
Yorkshire places 3-4 up

dodge 5-6 up
backwork
dodge 5-6 down

Yorkshire places 3-4 down
lead and dodge
Yorkshire places 3-4 up
treble bob at the back
Yorkshire places 5-6 down

first half of the frontwork (dodge down, dodge up, make 2nds, lead, dodge up)

dodge 5-6 up
1 & 2 at the back
triple-dodge 5-6 down
treble bob down to the lead
dodge 1-2 up with the treble
make 2nds place

Armed with this information we can write out a plain course of Yorkshire, here given for the 3 …


13—–
13—–

13—- 3: backwork, as in Cambridge
13
13
13
13
13
13
—-13
—–13
—-13
—–13
——13
——31
——13
——31
——31
——13
——31
——13
—–13
—-13
—–13
—-13
13
13
13
13
13
13— 3: end of backwork & 5-6 down dodge
13—- Yorkshire places down — until you pass the treble
13—– (dodge, place, place, dodge)
13—- (become 4ths place bell)

13—– 3rds place
13—–
13—- 4ths place
13—-
31—- & dodge with the treble
13—-
31—- 3: pass the treble here — stop ringing Cambridge!
31
3—-1— lead and dodge
31
31
3—–1
3—–1
31– Yorkshire 3-4 places up
31
3—-1
31
31
31
31
31
31
31
13— and pass the treble — treble bob at the back
13
13
1—-3
1—-3
1——3
1—–3
1—–3
1——3 (become 8ths place bell)

1—-3
1—-3— Yorkshire places 5-6 down
13
13
13
13
13
—-13
—-31
—-13
—-31— and pass below the treble
31– ‘first half of frontwork’
3—-1
3—-1
3——1
3—–1
3—–1
3——1
3—-1
3—-1
31
31
31
31—-
31—–
31—-
31—– pass above the treble
13—– dodge 5-6 and 1 & 2 at the back
13—-
13
1—-3
13— (become 5ths place bell)

13
1—–3
1—–3
13
13
1—-3
13
—-13
—–13
—-13
—–13
—–31– pass below the treble
—-31 triple dodge 5-6 down
—–31
—-31
—–31
—-31
—–31
—-31
31— dodge 3-4 down
31
31
31
31—- dodge 1-2 down
31—–
31—-
31—–
31—— dodge 1-2 up with the treble
13——
31——
13—— make 2nds place
13—— (become 2nds place bell)

31—— dodge down with the treble
13——
31——
31—– dodge up
31—-
31—–
31—-
31— dodge 3-4 up
31
31
31
—-31– triple dodge 5-6 up
—–31
—-31
—–31
—-31
—–31
—-31
—–31
—–13– pass above the treble; 2 & 1 at the back
—-13
—–13
—-13
13
1—-3
13
13
1—–3
1—–3
13
13
1—-3— (become 6ths place bell)

13
13—-
13—– pass below the treble
31—–
31—- ‘2nd half of the frontwork’
31—–
31—-
31
31
31
3—-1
3—-1
3——1
3—–1
3—–1
3——1
3—-1
3—-1
31
—-31— pass above the treble — Yorkshire places 5-6 up
—-13
—-31
—-13
13
13
13
13
13
1—-3
1—-3– treble bob at the back
1——3
1—–3– (become 7ths place bell)

1—–3
1——3
1—-3
1—-3
13
13
13
31— Yorkshire places 3-4 down
31
31
31
31
31
31
3—-1
31
31
3—–1 dodge and lead
3—–1
31
31
3—-1
31
31—- Yorkshire places 3-4 up
13—-
31—-
13—-
13—-
13—–
13—–
13—-
13—– (become 3rds place bell)

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