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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
· 46,673 bells
· 7137 towers of which, now:
· 2449 fully complete (34%)
· 3002 ring complete (42%)
· 3460 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.

Site News

28 Mar Deleted tower URLs
Following a routine check on the accessibility of tower webpage URLs on Thursday 26 March, some 18 were found not to be working. That is, an attempt to transfer from the tower Dove record to the tower webpage failed. In such circumstances it is our practice then to delete the URL from our records. This is a larger number of failures than is usually the case but that is explained by there being an unduly longer than usual gap since the check was previously done.

It is always just possible that the inaccessibility in one or another instance was caused for some transient reason (such as the webpage being locked while it was being amended, or the host site being temporarily unavailable).

So - while the bulk of the list of removed URLs remains visible - please check it and if you have good reason to believe that the link to the webpage for your tower should be reinstated, please get in touch with Dovemaster promptly asking that such be done and indicating your status in the tower concerned.

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Dove Updates

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

27 Mar
· Blackburn, S Jude, Lancs
   Have been test rung; no more ringing until af ...
· North Petherton, Som
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Woolavington, Som
   Indication of toilet facility added

26 Mar
· Alvechurch, Worcs
   URL removed: no such host
· Barrow in Furness, Cumbria
   URL removed: no connection
· Bathurst Cath, NSW
   URL removed: timeout
· Bradwell on Sea, Essex
   URL removed: no connection
· Burnham on Crouch, Essex
   URL removed: no connection
· Colne, Lancs
   URL removed: no such host
· Cropredy, Oxon
   URL removed: 404 not found
· Eastbourne, All Ss, E Sussex
   URL removed: no connection
· Eastbourne, ChCh, E Sussex
   URL removed: no connection
· Eastbourne, S Mary, E Sussex
   URL removed: no connection
· Eastbourne, S Saviour, E Sussex
   URL removed: no connection
· North Shields, Tyne+Wear
   URL removed: no connection
· Purleigh, Essex
   URL removed: no connection
· Southminster, Essex
   URL removed: no connection
· Tillingham, Essex
   URL removed: no connection
· Welcombe, Devon
   URL removed: 404 not found
· Westbourne, W Sussex
   URL removed: 404 not found

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

27 Mar
· Roydon, Essex

25 Mar
· Bishopsteignton, Devon

23 Mar
· Brockenhurst, Hants

16 Mar
· Cowesby, N Yorks
· Hampsthwaite, N Yorks
· Liverpool, Woolton, Mers
· Oswaldtwistle, Lancs
· Tideswell, Derbys

14 Mar
· Blankney, Lincs

11 Mar
· Alexandria, VA
· Enmore, Som

10 Mar
· East Hauxwell, N Yorks
· Gaywood, Norfolk

09 Mar
· Blackburn, S Jude, Lancs
· Lingfield, Surrey

08 Mar
· Exmouth, Littleham, Devon

06 Mar
· Stanway, Glos

05 Mar
· Tugby, Leics
· Whitminster, Glos

04 Mar
· Thirkleby, N 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 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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