The tendency to women to ring or be placed on the 1-2 pair is even more pronounced in handbell peals. It can’t be assumed that 1-2 is always a technically less challenging pair to ring, a particular example of this being Stedman, where it is just as challenging (if not more, depending on the composition) as any other inside pair. However Stedman (on all stages) only accounted for 3.29% of handbell peals in 2019, and in only one of these peals was 1-2 rung by a woman. This means the overwhelming majority of the data in the chart represent treble-fixed peals of plain or treble dodging methods.
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