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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
· 7141 towers
· 46,871 bells
· 7141 towers of which, now:
· 2529 fully complete (35%)
· 3112 ring complete (44%)
· 3899 show frame info (55%)
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 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

24 May Holidays
It is approaching the time of year when many people take the opportunity of having a break from the normal routine; Dovemaster is no exception.

In the course of the next few months there will be several occasions when the Dove webpages will neither be updated as frequently nor as immediately as has become the norm. Please understand that this does not necessarily imply that your valued e-mails will not have arrived, but that we are possibly away from our desk for a day or five (or even more). You can rest assured that those which have arrived will be dealt with, so please be patient.

We will try to use absence of the Edit Details facility to indicate when Dovemaster is likely to be delayed in dealing with his Dove duties.

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Dove Updates

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

26 Jul
· Wheathampstead, Herts
   8pm PN start time noted

25 Jul
· Poplar, Cubitt Town, Gr London
   Presence of simulator noted
· Ryde, Swanmore, IoW
   PN info added

24 Jul
· Drayton St Leonard, Oxon
   Restoration work completed
· Great Wilbraham, Cambs
   Ringing suspension has now been lifted
· Sapperton, Glos
   In care of Churches Conservation Trust wef ~1 ...

21 Jul
· Eagle, Lincs
   Name, phone no of contact - now deceased - re ...
· Thorpe on the Hill, Lincs
   Name, phone no of contact - now deceased - re ...

20 Jul
· Liddington (6), Wilts
   Additional ring now installed (lower in tower)

18 Jul
· Brighton, S Nicholas, E Sussex
   PN info amended (was 2,4 but wkly while none ...
· Southwark Cath, Gr London
   Restoration work has now started

17 Jul
· Boveney, Bucks
   Absence of electricity in church noted
· Boveney, Bucks
   Non-working URL removed

16 Jul
· Abergele, Conwy
   Overhaul work (to wheels, fittings, frame) co ...
· Westonzoyland, Som
   Church open again wef 17/07/2016

13 Jul
· Matlock, Derbys
   URL added
· Stisted, Essex
   No ringing UFN: tower/spire repairs, poss for ...

12 Jul
· Brighton, S Peter, E Sussex
   Ringing suspended UFN (twr bldg wk); practice ...
· Rochdale, Healey, Gr Man
   Bells lowered into pits: fittings at Loughbor ...
· Rotherhithe, Gr London
   Replacement URL provided

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

26 Jul
· Wheathampstead, Herts

25 Jul
· Newton St Loe, Som

22 Jul
· Burwash, E Sussex

20 Jul
· Liddington (6), Wilts

19 Jul
· Great Mitton, Lancs
· Grinton, N Yorks

17 Jul
· Abergele, Conwy
· Burstow, Surrey
· Burton upon Stather, Lincs
· Bury, W Sussex
· Buscot, Oxon
· Whitelackington, Som
· Worcester, S John, Worcs

16 Jul
· Wychbold, Worcs

15 Jul
· Newport, Essex

14 Jul
· Burgess Hill, W Sussex
· Burghfield, Berks
· Burghill, Herefs
· Burghwallis, S Yorks
· Burnham on Crouch, 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. Our Warnings also amplify just why content of any submitted change cannot be expected to be instantaneously visible.

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