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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the quarterly updated tables at the end of the County lists.
· 7137 towers
· 46,719 bells
· 7137 towers of which, now:
· 2482 fully complete (35%)
· 3042 ring complete (43%)
· 3533 show frame info (50%)
Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers  
Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers

This is the online version of Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, the authoritative source for current information about rings of bells since the first printed edition appeared in 1950. Unlike the printed book, however, here (and subject to a set of Conventions) we provide full-featured searching, links to mapping facilities to show the exact location of towers, satellite navigation data, and details of changes to entries as they occur. That scope has been even further extended by the addition of data for individual bells as a step towards a prototype National Bell Register (the 'pNBR').

The printed Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers is available to buy. Click here for more details.

Site News

5 Jul Diameters and Canon Information
Our statistics webpage (see link in bottom lh panel), updated almost daily, reflects the current coverage.

While it is heartening to see just how comprehensively recorded some of the bell details are (especially founder and date), it is nowhere near so good a picture when one looks at the two very recently added figures for fundamental pieces of information, namely: diameter, and canon detail. It is similarly the case for the nominal.

We take this opportunity to encourage the submission of reliable data so that the effort expended to include the pNBR within the Dove website can be considered really worthwhile.

2 Jul World map - update
Users of these webpages may have noticed that our world map had recently not been displaying properly when using Internet Explorer as their browser. (The problem did NOT occur, as far as we were aware, with other browsers.)

Thank you for your patience and forbearance: we are grateful that a suggested solution to the problem offered to us by the ICT committee of the Council appears to have worked.

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Dove Updates

Recent changes to details (only some of which will update their Dove entry):

05 Jul
· Bishop Burton, ER Yorks
   Tuning description added
· Blackburn, S Jude, Lancs
   Tower is detached
· Farnborough, Hants
   Tenor wt and note amended (and discrepant wit ...
· Winchester, S John Bapt, Hants
   Tenor note not F (nominal: F#-35c)

04 Jul
· Didbrook, Glos
   Straight line roping of 1-4 noted
· Goxhill, Lincs
   PN info removed: local band has ceased to pra ...
· Winchester, S John Bapt, Hants
   Straight line roping of 1-4 noted
· Winterton, Lincs
   Bells closed for ch restn; money probs delayi ...

03 Jul
· Blaenavon, Torfaen
   Ringing again: broken wheel repaired
· Buckland Dinham, Som
   Indication of toilet facility added

02 Jul
· Sturminster Marshall, Dorset
   PN info changed

30 Jun
· Ab Kettleby, Leics
   Ringing suspended: augmentation now in progress
· Church Eaton, Staffs
   pNBR date & founder of treble amended - above ...

29 Jun
· Broomfield, Kent
   Tenor note amended (from C#; nominal now: C+49c)
· Church Eaton, Staffs
   Flag added: wrt HMA tower notice date & found ...
· Gorleston on Sea, Norfolk
   Ringing is not currently permitted
· Houghton St Giles, Norfolk
   Ringing not currently permitted

28 Jun
· Broomfield, Kent
   Front 4 (of 5) now hung (and 5th bell delivered)
· Broomfield, Kent
   Straight line roping flag removed
· Garboldisham, Norfolk
   Indication of toilet facility added

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

06 Jul
· Winchester, S John Bapt

05 Jul
· Caythorpe, Lincs
· Farnborough, Hants
· Houghton St Giles, Norfolk
· Lincoln, S Botolph, Lincs
· Martin by Timberland, Lincs
· Potterhanworth, Lincs
· Waddington, Lincs
· Washingborough, Lincs
· Welbourn, Lincs
· Wragby, Lincs

04 Jul
· Blankney, Lincs
· Branston, Lincs
· Harmston, Lincs
· Harwell, Oxon
· Haughton, Staffs
· Nocton, Lincs
· Radley, Oxon

03 Jul
· Adbaston, Staffs

02 Jul
· Galleywood, Essex

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Details incorrect or incomplete?

All who have supplied information are gratefully thanked for their contributions, particularly those who have been mailing corrections since these pages first appeared on the internet. It is the goodwill that ringers throughout the world have demonstrated over the years, together with the ready assistance shown by professional bell hangers and bellfounders, which enables us to maintain the accuracy of what we are able to present.

If (and only if) you are absolutely confident that the data we are showing is incorrect or incomplete for a tower in which you have special interest or responsibility or knowledge, AND you have also ensured that the matter is not addressed in our FAQs, then do let us have the correct detail. Please refer to the two relevant pages (Description, and Editing) for details about our conventions for this aspect of our data and how to submit any necessary changes.

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