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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:
· 2530 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):

30 Jul
· Blaenavon, Torfaen
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Llandovery, Carms
   Indication of toilet facility added

29 Jul
· Birkin, N Yorks
   Tenor note added; tuning description added
· Bromyard, Herefs
   Ringing has been suspended; restn/augmentn wk ...

28 Jul
· Cambridge, S Andrew, Cambs
   URL removed: webpage not found
· Caterham, Surrey
   URL amended
· Haddington, E Loth
   URL amended
· Middleham, N Yorks
   Clappers back in; bells fuly ringable
· Pontesbury, Shrops
   URL amended
· Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey
   URL amended
· Walton on Thames, Surrey
   URL amended

27 Jul
· Great Totham, Essex
   Practice night ringing suspended UFN: tower i ...
· Helions Bumpstead, Essex
   Tower notice wt for 1 not as pNBR which is as ...

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 ...

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

29 Jul
· Birkin, N Yorks
· Drayton Bassett, Staffs
· Drayton St Leonard, Oxon
· Staunton (SO51), Glos
· Stottesdon, Shrops
· Tidenham, Glos

27 Jul
· Bush End, Essex
· Bushey Heath, Herts
· Butterwick, Lincs
· Buxhall, Suffolk
· Buxton, Derbys
· Helions Bumpstead, Essex
· Radwinter, Essex

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

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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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