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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the quarterly updated tables at the end of the County lists.
· 7137 towers
· 46,659 bells
· 7137 towers of which, now:
· 2446 fully complete (34%)
· 2998 ring complete (42%)
· 3454 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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Recent changes to details (only some of which will update their Dove entry):

01 Mar
· Bulkington, Warks
   Indication of toilet facility added

28 Feb
· Aubourn, Lincs
   Ownership info amended (even though bldg leas ...

27 Feb
· Bath, Walcot, Som
   Bells can now be rung without restriction
· Enmore, Som
   2 has severe crack in head; ring temporarily ...

26 Feb
· Blackburn, S Jude, Lancs
   Temp TowerBaseID: 9029 replaced by: 7795
· Blackburn, S Jude, Lancs
   Installn of new ring started; NOT available u ...

25 Feb
· Llangarron, Herefs
   PN removed - no band at present
· Wickham Market, Suffolk
   Bells now removed for restoration

24 Feb
· Ashburnham, E Sussex
   PN info added; indication of toilet facility ...
· Derby Cath, Derbys
   URL added

23 Feb
· Alfreton, Derbys
   Tenor no longer 11-1-10 in Ab but 10-2-27 in G
· Brisbane, South, Qld
   All ringing suspended UFN: hailstorm damage
· Highampton, Devon
   Request to ring refused; 'suspended' flag >> ...
· Ringmer, E Sussex
   5th noted as cracked (ringing continues avoid ...
· Thirkleby, N Yorks
   Tenor no longer 5-2-7 but 4-3-16

22 Feb
· Leyland, Lancs
   G&J and twr notice > tenor wt = 23-0-20 (but ...
· Newton St Loe, Som
   PN is now Fri exc last of the month
· Tonge, Kent
   Tuning description added
· Wherwell, Hants
   Restoration work to bell installn is NOT unde ...

21 Feb
· Stoneleigh, Warks
   Indication of toilet facility added

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

01 Mar
· Leytonstone, Gr London
· Limerick Cath, Lim
· Limpsfield, Surrey
· Thirkleby, N Yorks

27 Feb
· Enmore, Som

26 Feb
· Blackburn, S Jude, Lancs

25 Feb
· Gaywood, Norfolk

24 Feb
· Alfreton, Derbys

23 Feb
· Aubourn, Lincs
· Bulkington, Warks
· Launton, Oxon
· Leyland, Lancs

22 Feb
· Kislingbury, Northants
· Knapton, Norfolk
· Lamas, Norfolk
· Leek, Staffs
· Tonge, Kent

18 Feb
· Bowral, NSW
· East Norton, Leics

13 Feb
· Lympne, 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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