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Glossary of ringing terms – G

Last updated on: 05-December-2016

Words or phrases underlined are defined within the glossary. Where it assists with clarity, a definition is annotated to indicate a part of speech. (n) = noun, (vb) = verb, (adj) = adjective, (adv) = adverb. Section references refer to sections within The Tower Handbook.  


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Gap
An interval between successive blows of consecutively striking bells, significantly longer than it should be.
Garter hole
Hole in the bell wheel through which the rope passes to be attached to the spokes.
Gear
Fittings
Georgian Group
Amenity society that aims to protect buildings of the Georgian period (~1700–1837) – consulted for faculty applications relating to such buildings and contents, including bells. See also Victorian Society.
Go
(1) (n or vb) Term to describe how easy a bell is to ring, eg 'the tenor does not go very well' or 'I don't like the go of the treble'.
(2) (vb) Abbreviation for 'go next', especially preceding a method name, eg 'go Plain Bob'.
(3) (vb) (of a touch,peal, etc) Likely to progress to a satisfactory conclusion. eg 'It wasn't going so I decided to call it round'.
Go next
Call to initiate change ringing at the following handstroke. This assumes the method is already known to the ringers. More commonly the method will be included in the call, eg 'go Bristol'.
Go off
Start ringing changes. eg 'go off at backstroke' means the first row after rounds is at backstroke.
Go round(s)
Call to initiate return to ringing rounds as soon as possible, eg if the quality of the striking has deteriorated below an acceptable level, if there have been irrecoverable errors, or if the conductor has mis-called.
Goldsmith, JS
John Sparkes Goldsmith was the proprietor and first editor of The Ringing World from 1911-1942.
Grab
Colloquial term for ringing at a new tower, particularly when doing so at many on one day.
Grandsire
A very common twin hunt  method, normally rung on odd numbers of bells.
Granta variation
A scheme for keeping the tenors out of the slow in Kent Treble Bob by splicing it with Bastow Little Bob. See also: Cam, Ilkeston, Killamarsh, Liversedge and Worcester.
Graveyard bob
Very bad ringing
Grid
Diagram showing a lead of a method, with the line (not number) of every bell. It allows the structure of the method to be visualised, including how different work fits together. Sometimes a lead and a half is shown to avoid half the work (normally the work over the hunt bell) being split in two separate parts.
Grillage
Timber or metalwork let into the tower walls to support the bellframe – also referred to as foundation.
Ground pulley
The pulley in the bell pit, around which the rope turns to pass under the wheel at handstroke. If the pulley is positioned so the rope does not hang vertically to it when wound round the wheel at backstroke, there are two ground pulleys with the rope passing between them.
Gudgeon (pin)
Metal shafts attached to the ends of the headstock, forming the axle on which the bell swings.
Guide
Rope guide
Guild
A ringing organisation, typically representing a number of towers in a diocese, county or region. Also there are university guilds and some professional guilds. See also association.
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