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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
· 7142 rings
· 46,968 bells
· 7142 rings of which, now:
· 2661 fully complete (37%)
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

26 Jun Recent Updates
After kindly liaising with us about the optimum way to do so, Bill Hibbert has provided a file of just over 500 bell nominals for inclusion within the pNBR. Within in his data are corrections for about 15 bells where we already had a value, and also about 500 new measurements. Where possible, we try to show values determined in just one recording rather than on different occasions and using different equipment.

These have enabled a number of changes to be made to the note of the ring concerned. All values provided by Bill are showing as from the build / upload of today.

Should anyone else wish to offer us data in bulk, we strongly encourage prior discussion: doing so eases the tasks involved at both ends of the exchange.

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

27 Jul
· Beeley, Derbys
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Blackpool, S John, Lancs
   Two bells of the ring are not hung at present
· Crich, Derbys
   No longer GF (gallery installed 2016)
· Dodington, Som
   Now in hands of CCT
· Fenny Bentley, Derbys
   Tenor note (and optimal ring key) added
· Feock, Cornwall
   U/r due to poor condition of frame
· Gamston, Notts
   Moving to Ch Consvn Trust
· Monyash, Derbys
   No longer ground floor; indication of toilet ...
· Tatenhill, Staffs
   U/r added

26 Jul
· Castle Bromwich, W Mids
   No longer a ring of 6
· Chadlington, Oxon
   Tenor note reverted to F# (nominal: F#+46c)
· Kingston upon Hull, HT Minster, ER Yorks
   Bottom two semitone chiming bells added >> 25 ...
· Revelstoke, Devon
   Bells NOT YET removed for restn wk
· Rochdale, Healey, Gr Man
   Tenor note (and ring key) no longer E (nomina ...
· Rochdale, Healey, Gr Man
   Postcode amended
· St Peter Port, Guernsey
   (Inappropriate) URL removed
· Ugborough, Devon
   Bells NOT YET removed for restn wk

23 Jul
· Asgarby, Lincs
   Flag added to indicate C19th loss of 3rd bell ...
· Edmondthorpe, Leics
   Tenor note (and that of 1,2 also) added
· High Melton, S Yorks
   U/r and unsafe tower info noted (no chiming e ...

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

27 Jul
· Castle Bromwich, W Mids
· Fenny Bentley, Derbys
· Feock, Cornwall
· Ipswich, S Clement, Suffolk
· Little Bentley, Essex
· Pickhill, N Yorks
· Pinner, Gr London
· Pinxton, Derbys
· Pirton, Herts
· Pleasley, Derbys
· Pluckley, Kent
· Plymtree, Devon
· Poole, Dorset
· Thurnham, Lancs

26 Jul
· Aslackby, Lincs
· Blackpool, S John, Lancs
· Blackpool, South Shore
· Bradwell on Sea, Essex
· Brinkworth, Wilts
· Chadlington, Oxon

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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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