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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the quarterly updated tables at the end of the County lists.
· 7136 towers
· 46,644 bells
· 7136 towers of which, now:
· 2442 fully complete (34%)
· 2992 ring complete (42%)
· 3446 show frame info (48%)
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.

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2 Jan Information for Dove
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 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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Dove Updates

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

31 Jan
· Belfast, Dundela, Down
   Bells reported to be now back in action

28 Jan
· Bath, Walcot, Som
   Bells have now been rung but some work remain ...
· Croydon, S Peter, Gr London
   PN has reverted to Mon (phone first - see web ...
· London, Woolnoth, C London
   Currently u/r: large crack in one of the cano ...
· Merstham, Surrey
   SatNav destination added

26 Jan
· Chearsley, Bucks
   Tenor note no longer Ab; nominal: G+10c

25 Jan
· Iford, E Sussex
   u/r added
· Johannesburg, Fourways Gdns, Gaut
   Affiliation is now to South African Guild (T ...
· Johannesburg, Parktown, Gaut
   Affiliation is now to South African Guild (T ...
· Johannesburg, S Peter's Sch, Gaut
   Affiliation is now to South African Guild (T ...

23 Jan
· Stoke St Milborough, Shrops
   URL added
· Tonge, Kent
   Derelict added; treble has a broken wheel

22 Jan
· Benefield, Northants
   PN removed: 'no longer an active ringing tower'
· Kelham, Notts
   Bells now removed from twr for restoration an ...
· Kelham, Notts
   Precise tenor wt provided
· Oxford, Magdalen Coll, Oxon
   All bells back ringing again

21 Jan
· Bunbury, Cheshire
   Tenor wt of 14-3-11 was before 1893 M&S tuning
· Kirkham, S Michael, Lancs
   Tue PN alternates with Kirkham S John
· Kirkham, S John, Lancs
   PN (Mon) info added
· Wimborne St Giles, Dorset
   Note re discrepancy with Dalton removed (date ...

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

30 Jan
· Alveston, Warks
· Ashow, Warks
· Bidford on Avon, Warks
· Bishop's Itchington, Warks
· Deeping St James, Lincs
· Stratford upon Avon, Warks
· West Deeping, Lincs

29 Jan
· Whitminster, Glos

28 Jan
· Cape Town Cath, WC
· Cape Town, Woodstock, WC
· Longhope, Glos

27 Jan
· Little Eaton, Campanile

26 Jan
· Chalvington, E Sussex
· Chearsley, Bucks
· Ipswich, S Mary le Tower

25 Jan
· Finchingfield, Essex
· Finchley, Gr London
· Goxhill, Lincs
· Iford, E Sussex
· Leeds, Kent

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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 in so doing which enables us to maintain the accuracy of what we present.

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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