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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the quarterly updated tables at the end of the County lists.
· 7134 towers
· 46,532 bells
· 7134 towers of which, now:
· 2369 fully complete (33%)
· 2902 ring complete (41%)
· 3227 show frame info (45%)
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

20 Apr Diocesan Changes in Yorkshire
As from noon today, Easter Day 2014, the three dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds, and Wakefield cease to exist as distinct entities and, with a very few exceptions, their parishes come within the newly designated Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales (henceforth shown by us as WYorks+Dales).

The exceptions include the Dove towers of Bolton by Bowland, Gisburn, Great Mitton, Waddington (all formerly Bradford Diocese) which four transfer to Blackburn Diocese, and Penistone (formerly Wakefield) which transfers to Sheffield. The Cathedral Church of each former diocese remains as a cathedral of the new Diocese.

The revised diocese name is now shown on the Details page for towers affected, but these changes will NOT be listed as Dove updates.

Official CofE information about the change is provided at the following website.

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

23 Apr
· Oxford, Headington, Oxon
   Ring is nearer Ab than A (despite R...

22 Apr
· Whitbourne, Herefs
   Frame repaired; tower crack means n...

21 Apr
· Bingley, W Yorks
   New URL supplied
· Fulham, Gr London
   Indication of toilet facility added

19 Apr
· Acton, Gr London
   Indication regarding limited ringin...
· Bradwell on Sea, Essex
   PN info slightly modified ('with ex...
· Burnham on Crouch, Essex
   PN info modified ('with exceptions'...
· Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
   Ringing suspension no longer applic...
· Purleigh, Essex
   PN start time added

17 Apr
· High Ercall, Shrops
   Postcode amended

16 Apr
· Ellesmere, Shrops
   Restoration work completed; presenc...
· Ellesmere, Shrops
   Bells now tuned diatonically
· Ellesmere, Shrops
   Revised tenor weight provided (note...
· West Tarring, W Sussex
   Temporary suspension of ringing lif...

14 Apr
· Fulham, Gr London
   Rehung, new fittings+frame; tenor n...

13 Apr
· Pitney, Som
   Augmented to 6; no longer in Bb but...

11 Apr
· Barkby, Leics
   No longer GF: now rung from (new) f...
· Hilperton, Wilts
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Skeffington, Leics
   No longer GF: now rung from a gallery

10 Apr
· Huish Episcopi, Som
   7th founder indicn (Bob Parker) pos...

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

23 Apr
· Barkby, Leics
· Downham, Essex
· Leek Wootton, Warks
· Oxford, Headington, Oxon

22 Apr
· Brecon, S Mary, Powys

21 Apr
· Pitcombe, Som

19 Apr
· Leeds, S Peter, W Yorks
· St David's Cath, Pembs

18 Apr
· Pitney, Som
· Rattlesden, Suffolk

16 Apr
· Bolton, All Souls, Gr Man
· Ellesmere, Shrops

15 Apr
· Great Mitton, Lancs
· Stalybridge, Stayley, Gr Man
· Whaddon, Bucks

14 Apr
· Davenham, Cheshire
· Fulham, Gr London
· Woolley, W Yorks

11 Apr
· Stirling, Stirling

09 Apr
· Eccleston, Lancs

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If (and only if) you are absolutely confident that the data we are showing is incorrect or incomplete for a tower for 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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