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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
· 47,030 bells
· 7147 rings of which, now:
· 2701 fully complete (38%)
· 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 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

12 Dec A reminder
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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Dove Updates

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

12 Dec
· Bexley, Gr London
   Tower problems: surveyor advice

11 Dec
· Cheldon, Devon
   Tenor wt shown here differs from JGMS, T&BD(5 ...
· Chudleigh, Devon
   Flag added: tenor wt as per Dove Edn1-10, not ...
· Combeinteignhead, Devon
   Now affiliated to Devon Association (and not ...
· Stockton on Tees, Durham
   PN info amended (previously: Mon)

10 Dec
· Carlisle Cath, Cumbria
   Presence of simulator (on 1-12) noted

09 Dec
· Lilleshall, Shrops
   PN info added
· Monks Kirby, Warks
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Sowerby, W Yorks
   Flag added: Dove tenor wt ex JTco, not 16-0-2 ...
· Todmorden, Walsden, W Yorks
   Flag added: after 'gentle retuning' tenor fou ...

08 Dec
· Kirkheaton, W Yorks
   Greenwood p84 shows tenor as 11-2-27; Dove va ...
· Mytholmroyd, W Yorks
   Flag set: Dove tenor wt ex JT(ADH) and not=Gr ...

07 Dec
· East Ardsley, W Yorks
   Flag added: Greenwood p48 > tenor 20-2-24; Do ...
· Ebbw Vale, Bl Gwent
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Hoylandswaine, S Yorks
   Flag added: Greenwood shows tenor as 9-1-5; c ...
· Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr
   Indication of toilet facility added

06 Dec
· Bampton, Cumbria
   Installation of new 6 is in progress

04 Dec
· East Crompton, Gr Man
   Ring key (and tenor note) shown as Ab rather ...
· Ipswich, S Margaret, Suffolk
   Bells are at Nicholson's for restoration

02 Dec
· Churchover, Warks
   On advice of DAC bells adviser, now considere ...

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

12 Dec
· Orsett, Essex

11 Dec
· Christow, Devon
· Colaton Raleigh, Devon
· Collaton, Devon
· Cornwood, Devon

10 Dec
· Carlisle Cath, Cumbria
· Kirkthorpe, W Yorks
· Nether Winchendon, Bucks
· Piddington, Oxon
· South Marston, Wilts
· Stratton Audley, Oxon

09 Dec
· Armitage Bridge, W Yorks
· Bondleigh, Devon
· Farewell, Staffs
· Huntingdon, All Ss, Cambs
· Kirkburton, W Yorks
· Liversedge, W Yorks
· North Weald, Essex
· Penistone, S Yorks
· Ripponden, W Yorks

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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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