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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the quarterly updated tables at the end of the County lists.
Coverage statistics
· 7147 rings
· 47,004 bells
· 7147 rings of which, now:
· 2694 fully complete (38%)
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 their exact location, satellite navigation data, and details of changes to entries as they occur. That scope has been further extended by the addition of data for individual bells and the frame(s) in which they hang 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

17 Nov Thanks
Those who watch the pNBR updates column (on the rhs of this page) can hardly have failed to notice that David Sloman has been assiduously adding bellframe information for Dove rings. Today sees him having reached the end of the alphabet having started out in April 2016.

According to our records, he has supplied us with almost exactly 1300 such updates; there can be few people with such tenacity. Thank you David.

We encourage others who have data about rings that we do not currently show, to follow his example.

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Dove Updates

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

19 Nov
· Colebrooke, Devon
   Bells removed: rehang, strengthen frame, tune
· Worcester Cath, Worcs
   New 2# being added

17 Nov
· Bishop Wilton, ER Yorks
   Tuning description added
· Hatch Beauchamp, Som
   Tenor note (& ring key) amended from A; nomin ...

15 Nov
· Brinkworth, Wilts
   Restoration work completed; confirmed as bein ...

12 Nov
· Alverdiscott, Devon
   GF added; tuning description added
· Liverpool, Municipal Building, Mers
   No ringing after 12/11/2017; building then cl ...
· Milton Damerel, Devon
   Tuning description rmvd (3 is v sharp); st li ...
· Newton St Petrock, Devon
   Tuning description slightly amended
· Stour Provost, Dorset
   Tenor (and ring key) amended from F#; tuning ...

11 Nov
· Beaumaris, Ynys Mon
   Dedication slightly amended

10 Nov
· Beaumaris, Ynys Mon
   Back in action (post 4 Dec 2016 tower fire)
· Beaumaris, Ynys Mon
   PN info amended (was Wed 19:30; now Mon 18:30 ...
· Ibstock, Leics
   Bells, frame, fittings at Loughborough: major ...
· Minstead, Hants
   Ringing suspension (tower roof work) apparent ...
· Rise, ER Yorks
   Being rehung on ball bearings

09 Nov
· Long Riston, ER Yorks
   Refurbishment work, and test ring, both compl ...

08 Nov
· Burford, Oxon
   Out of action for h/s replacement to canon-he ...
· Enniskillen Cath, Ferman
   Dedication: slight spelling amendment
· St Mary Bourne, Hants
   Bells out of action: tower building work (unt ...

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

19 Nov
· Bristol, S Michael, C Bris
· Weymouth, Upwey, Dorset
· Whetstone, Leics

17 Nov
· Hatch Beauchamp, Som
· Stoke St Mary, Som
· Welton, Northants
· Wroxton, Oxon
· Yatesbury, Wilts
· Yattendon, Berks
· Yelverton, Norfolk
· York, Pavement, N Yorks
· York, S Martin, N Yorks
· York, S Wilfrid, N Yorks
· York, S John Ouse Bridge
· York, Castlegate, N Yorks

16 Nov
· Wrington, Som
· Wrotham, Kent
· Wyberton, Lincs
· Wye, Kent
· Yarburgh, Lincs

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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. Our Warnings also amplify just why content of any submitted change cannot be expected to be instantaneously visible.

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