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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the quarterly updated tables at the end of the County lists.
· 7140 towers
· 46,806 bells
· 7140 towers of which, now:
· 2500 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

31 Oct Old Concert Pitch (revised)
There are about 20 cases where we have hitherto flagged the ring as being tuned to Old Concert pitch (OCP: A=454Hz).

What this really implied was that the tenor note (and thus the key of the ring) had been quoted previously, possibly even within a report from a bellfounder, as being different from the current International Pitch standard (IP), namely that based on A=440Hz.

We intend carefully to examine all such entries (hopefully over the course of the next few days) to ensure that our presentation is consistently IP.

It has further been suggested that - contrary to our earlier version of this item - to retain the showing of that particular flag would be useful piece of historical information.

10 Oct Upgrade to iOS app
The iOS app has recently been upgraded in response to user feedback. Users are now able to store personal data ('records') of when they visited the tower, when they rang a peal, or a quarter peal there.

The free version of the app provides for only a limited number of such records (in order to demonstrate the facility), but an inexpensive upgrade allows for an unlimited number of such records. Provision is made for such data to be backed-up in a user-specified DropBox folder and thus it can be edited and re-downloaded as desired.

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Dove Updates

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

30 Nov
· Exeter Cath, Devon
   URL amended
· Exeter, S Mark, Devon
   URL amended
· Great Burstead, Essex
   Ring is anticlockwise
· Stretham, Cambs
   Presence of simulator noted; teaching centre

29 Nov
· Kimpton, Herts
   URL amended
· Mottram in Longdendale, Gr Man
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Over, Cheshire
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Ryde, Swanmore, IoW
   Tenor now has a proper-sized wheel & ground p ...
· Sheffield, Ranmoor, S Yorks
   pNBR wt of 1,3,4 from G&J tuning books not to ...

28 Nov
· Brinkley, Cambs
   Dove URL now dubious: error 403 forbidden
· Great Gaddesden, Herts
   Dove URL now dubious; error 404 webpage canno ...
· Kimpton, Herts
   Dove URL now dubious; error 404 webpage canno ...
· Little Gaddesden, Herts
   Dove URL now dubious; error 404 webpage canno ...
· Offley, Herts
   Dove URL now dubious; error 404 webpage canno ...

27 Nov
· Llanfwrog, Denbighs
   Indication of toilet facility added; 2,3 do h ...
· Llanfwrog, Denbighs
   Bells are actually ringable but not readily a ...

26 Nov
· Llanfwrog, Denbighs
   Tuning description removed (sufficiently clos ...

25 Nov
· Shepshed, Leics
   Ringing suspended: spire problems
· Whittington, Shrops
   Indication of toilet facility added

23 Nov
· Freckenham, Suffolk
   Indication of toilet facility added

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

30 Nov
· Barnby Dun, S Yorks
· Birchington, Kent
· Birchington, Quex Park, Kent
· Canterbury, S Alphege, Kent
· Canterbury, Hackington, Kent
· Canterbury, Thanington, Kent
· Great Burstead, Essex
· Pershore Abbey, Worcs
· Sheffield, Beighton, S Yorks
· Sheffield, Ranmoor, S Yorks
· Staplehurst, Kent

29 Nov
· Alfreton, Derbys
· St Nicholas at Wade, Kent
· Upper Gravenhurst, Beds

27 Nov
· Godshill, IoW
· Great Bromley, Essex
· Llanfwrog, Denbighs

26 Nov
· North Creake, Norfolk

25 Nov
· Grays, Essex
· Great Baddow, 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 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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