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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the quarterly updated tables at the end of the County lists.
· 7139 towers
· 46,817 bells
· 7139 towers of which, now:
· 2508 fully complete (35%)
· 3076 ring complete (43%)
· 3628 show frame info (51%)
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

4 Jan A reminder regarding updates
We are always most grateful for bona fide updates to Dove and to pNBR entries. By bona fide we mean items supplied by people with first-hand knowledge about the ring concerned.

What we are much less confident about is the possibility of our acting upon information which has been gleaned from social media and then passed on by what are effectively third parties. In such instances there is a distinct possibility that the full story is not transmitted to us, and even - however unlikely - a chance that someone is using such a route to mislead (through us) the ringing community as a whole.

So, please, DO let us have changes to what we show at present if it is no longer fully correct in some regard. But as we ask in our Conventions, do please also tell us your connection with / repsonsibility for that tower so that we can get back to you should we feel we need further information.

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

09 Feb
· Biggleswade, Beds
   Restoration / augmentation under way
· Pylle, Som
   Twr notice: all M&S bells as 1952; 1,4 bear 1 ...
· Stoke Fleming, Devon
   URL added
· Whitbourne, Herefs
   Restoration work under way

08 Feb
· Armitage Bridge, W Yorks
   Indication of toilet facilty added

07 Feb
· Stoke Fleming, Devon
   Project work now under way; completion by Aut ...
· Stoke Prior, Worcs
   Bells out of action (tower problems)

06 Feb
· Great Malvern, Worcs
   Augmented to 10
· Otford, Kent
   Indication of toilet facilty added

05 Feb
· Freshwater, IoW
   Ringing has resumed after suspension (tower p ...
· Hingham, MA
   www.hingham-ma.gov/Committees/Bell_Tower/inde ...
· Kirkham, S Michael, Lancs
   Intention to remodel (>> 10 using bells via K ...
· Miami Cath, FL
   Dedicn of Cathedral amended (was Cath Ch of H ...
· Oxford, S Mary Magdalen, Oxon
   URL amended (.../joomla32/... equivalent 'no ...
· Oxford, S Thomas, Oxon
   URL amended (.../joomla32/... equivalent 'no ...
· Portchester, Hants
   Inspection indicates Colchester(p93) confused ...
· Wortley, S Yorks
   Restoration work complete

04 Feb
· Little Waltham, Essex
   Tenor wt amended (from ~12wt)
· Towcester, Northants
   URL amended

03 Feb
· Bassaleg, Newport
   (Wed) PN info removed: no regular practice now

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

09 Feb
· Pylle, Som
· Tattershall, Lincs

08 Feb
· Great Malvern, Worcs

06 Feb
· Isle Abbotts, Som

05 Feb
· Sible Hedingham, Essex

04 Feb
· Little Waltham, Essex
· North Creake, Norfolk
· Portchester, Hants

03 Feb
· Peterborough, S Mary, Cambs

01 Feb
· Penselwood, Som
· Ramsbury, Wilts
· Willingale, Essex

31 Jan
· Bishops Waltham, Hants
· Feltham, Gr London

30 Jan
· Ryde, IoW

29 Jan
· Wortley, S Yorks

28 Jan
· Cape Town Cath, WC
· Houghton, Hants

27 Jan
· Basingstoke, All Ss, Hants
· Little Stukeley, Cambs

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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 additions and 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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