Neither Ordinary Alliance nor Special Alliance methods will produce 720's and in order to achieve this the former requires the assistance of a Little method and the latter of, what might be termed, a Very Little method (i.e. Bastow or Kent Little Bob)

Comparing an Alliance with a Treble Bob method it will be found that Ordinary Alliance omits dodges in 1-2 and 3-4, and Special Alliance only in 1-2. The purpose of the Little methods is, as it were, to remedy deficiencies caused by these omissions, in the first case by hunting up to 3-4 and in the second up to 1-2 with the Treble bell.

In order that the nature of the rows supplied by the Little method shall be opposite to those in the Alliance, a Single is necessary whenever a change is made from Little to Alliance or vice versa. This is comparable with Plain methods and should require no further explanation.

In splicing ordinary Alliance with Little methods it will be found necessary to join every Alliance method which has a +ve second row with either Crayford Little Bob or Little Bob, and every Alliance method which has a -ve second row with either Belvedere or St. Lawrence Little Bob. Similarly in Special Alliance every +ve second row method must have Bastow Little Bob as a complement and every -ve second row method, Kent Little Bob.

So long as these rules are observed and care taken to ensure that extents of Little and Alliance methods are used in the 720, the splicing of these methods presents little difficulty. Standard calling may be used for both Little and Alliance, but in splicing the two extents together Singles must be substituted for Bobs in both cases, or for Plain Leads in both cases.

There are numerous examples of the splicing of Little and Alliance methods on pages 127, 128 and 129, C.C.C. 1961, but the student can easily make his own arrangements if necessary.

Alliance methods, both Ordinary and Special, have their quota of Lead Splices, Course Splices, 3-lead and 6-lead splices, and are capable of being arranged in J.W.Parker's or A.Relfe's systems. All these are, however, based on material previously explained and, moreover, are well classified and the extents well illustrated in C.C.C. 1961. It will be sufficient to give one or two examples here with one or two comments. (Dia. XXXIII)

  23456 Cromer etc                 43625 Crayford Little Bob
  35264 Northaw                    25364    "       "     "
  56342 Cromer etc               - 64325 Little Plain Bob
S 64253 Little Plain Bob           53264   "      "    "
  32564   "      "    "            42653   "      "    "
- 64532 Crayford Little Bob      S 35642 Penshurst
  32456    "       "     "         42563 Walsingham etc
  56243    "       "     "         63254      "      "

                         54326 Walsingham etc
                         26435    "        "
                       - 63542 Cromer
                         34625    "

                      Twice repeated              (XXXIII)

This arrangement, and there are many similar, demonstrates the possibility of introducing both 2nds and 6ths place methods both into the Little and Alliance methods.

Walsingham is, of course, the 2nds place variation of Cromer and both of them will lead splice with three other methods, (see C.C.C. 1961 p.95)

Northaw and Penshurst are spliced in on a 6-lead splice the 5th being fixed in 3rds place.

        720 Alliance and Little in 16 methods by A.G. Driver

  23456 Blaxhall        34256 Ellacombe       42356 Mitcham
  64523 Lamberhurst     62534 Wordsley        63542    "
- 35642 Stanhoe       - 45623 Lamberhurst   - 25634 Wordsley
  26435 Harmondsworth   36245 Buxton          46325 Bramfield
  42563 Hayes           23564 Hayes           34562 Ringstead
  54326 Lamberhurst     52436 Wordsley        53246 Stratton
  63254 Stanhoe         64352 Stanhoe         62453     "
- 42635 Wordsley      - 23645    "          - 34625 Lamberhurst
- 56423 Bramfield     - 56234 Harmondsworth - 56342 Sharnbrook
  45362 Stonehouse      25463 Hayes           35264 Iver
  34256               * 42356                 23456

The extent of Little Bob (W.H.W. twice repeated) inserted by calling a single at * and at the end of the Little Bob.

In (Dia. XXXIV) Parkers arrangement is applied to Alliance methods,

     6th place methods : Stratton, Stanhoe, Mitcham, Blaxhall.
     2nd place methods : Sharnbrook, Hayes, Ringstead, Stonehouse.

which consist of two groups of lead splices with their middle sections identical with the Treble Bob methods of the Chepstow group.

Ellacombe, Buxton and Iver are spliced in a 3-lead splice with 2nd and 3rd fixed in 2-4. There are two 6-lead splices, Lamberhurst and Bramfield with the 2nd fixed in 5ths, and Harmondsworth and Wordsley with the 3rd fixed in 5ths. Notice that the 6-lead splice fixed bells are also found in the 3-lead splice.

Mr. C.K. Lewis has arranged a Special Alliance extent on the same principle, with, of course, Bastow Little Bob in place of Little Bob. The lead-ends are identical with the above 720 and the methods closely allied. The student may care to work the 720 out for himself; begin by substituting Langton Special Alliance for Blaxhall and the remainder should not prove excessively difficult.

There is a 720 arranged by Mr. C.K. Lewis with a very interesting cross-splice between the Alliance and Little methods. Its secret may perhaps be best discovered by examining these two groups of methods (Dia. XXXV)

Walsingham Alliance Little Bob  Calverleigh Alliance  St. Lawrence
     123456          124356          124356            123456
     214365-         213465 +        214365 -          213546 +
     241635          231645          241635            231564
     426153          326154          426153            325146
     462513          362145          246513            352164
     645231          631254          425631            531246
     642513          613524 +        452613            513264 +
     465231          165342          546231            153624
     642531          163524          452631            156342
     465213                          546213
     462531                          564231
     645213                          652413
     654123                          562143
     561432                          651234
     516342 -                        615324 -
     153624                          165342
     156342                          163524               (XXXV)

Walsingham and Little Bob occur, of course, on opposite sides of the Single. Now if these four leads are examined it will be found that, apart from the lead-head and lead-end (which are naturally the same in both cases), the 3rd follows the same path in St. Lawrence as it does in Little Bob and the same path in Calverleigh as it does in Walsingham. If then, the six leads in which the 3rd is 3rds place bell in Walsingham are changed to St. Lawrence, and the six leads in which the 3rd is 4ths place bell in Little Bob are changed to Calverleigh, we have, as it were, two groups of 6-lead splices. St. Lawrence is a 2nd place method and, as there is no 6th place variation it can only be substituted for a 2nds place method, (or a Bob or Single lead), if a single, places must be made in 2, 3 and 4.

In the (Dia. XXXVI) 720 both the 3rd and 4th are used as fixed bells. The Alliance methods with the 3rd fixed are Calverleigh (2nd) and Hever (6ths), with the 4th fixed are Snodland and Swanscombe (6ths) and Allesley and Wrentham (2nds); the last four having the same changes in a lead.

Northaw and Penshurst are 6-lead splice with Walsingham, etc. the 2nd being fixed in 3rds place. (Compare Dia. XXXIII)

              720 in Alliance and Little by C.K. Lewis

  23456 St. Lawrence      64352 St. Lawrence     56324 Calverleigh
- 35642 Walsingham        52436 Penshurst        43256 Little Bob
  42563 Northaw         - 23645 St. Lawrence   - 56243    "    "
  26435 Cromer            45362 Cromer         S 34256 St. Lawrence
  63254 St. Lawrence      56423    "           - 45623 Walsingham
S 53426 Allesley          62534 Penshurst      - 52364 Penshurst
  64253 Little Bob      S 32456 Allesley         64235 St. Lawrence
  32564   "     "         64532 Little Bob       35426 Walsingham
  45632   "     "         25364 Calverleigh      26543     "
  26345 Calverleigh       43625 Little Bob       43652 St. Lawrence
S 54326 St. Lawrence    - 25643    "    "      - 35264 Cromer
- 42635 Penshurst       S 34625 St. Lawrence     56342    "
- 23564 St. Lawrence      25463 Walsingham       64523 St. Lawrence
S 63452 Snodland          63542 St. Lawrence     23456
  52346 Hever             42356 Penshurst
  46235 Crayford L.B.     56234 Walsingham
  35624    "      "     S 36425 Wrentham              (XXXVI)
  24563    "      "       54236 Little Bob
- 63524    "      "       62354 Calverleigh
  24356 Hever             43562 Little Bob
  56432 Swanscombe      - 62543    "    "
  32645 Crayford L.B.     35462 Wrentham
  45263 Little Bob        24635 Little Bob
S 36245 Cromer

N.B.  Walsingham is a lead splice with Lammas, Olney and Fulmer
      Cromer is a lead splice with Steventon, Tibenham and