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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the quarterly updated tables at the end of the County lists.
· 7135 towers
· 46,630 bells
· 7135 towers of which, now:
· 2434 fully complete (34%)
· 2978 ring complete (42%)
· 3407 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

16 Nov Dove App for iOS
Version 2 of the Dove App for iOS has now been released. This version supports iOS 7 and 8 on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. For further details please see the iOS App page.

6 Nov Very Old Bells
It has come to our notice that the pNBR has been showing a number of old bells where the date of casting is allegedly precise rather than what is almost certainly more likely to be the case, namely approx (or circa).

In many such cases, the date shown is the estimate of some bell historian, and we have adopted our own convention that we show the date of a bell as cXX99 when it is believed to have been cast in the XX+1th century (see our Conventions).

Today we have amended ALL bells with an alleged precise date of 1399 or 1400 or 1499 or 1500 to approx.

If you have provided us with pNBR details for a bell whose date is one of those four - but in fact is a date which is supported by documentary evidence as being actual - do please get in touch at the earliest opportunity and we will be pleased to undo that particular change.

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Dove Updates

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

22 Dec
· Bere Regis, Dorset
   Restoration work completed

19 Dec
· Abingdon, S Helen, Oxon
   URL amended
· Abingdon, S Nicolas, Oxon
   URL amended

18 Dec
· Chearsley, Bucks
   'Augmented to 6 last week'
· East Budleigh, Devon
   Restoration work now completed
· Ford End, Essex
   2nd ringable again

17 Dec
· Bristol, S Michael, C Bris
   Confirmation that bells are available for rin ...

16 Dec
· Kemerton, Worcs
   NB: tenor note NOT as CB Glos, p391

13 Dec
· Abergavenny, Monmths
   Ringing resumed: repairs completed

12 Dec
· Groton, MA
   Dedication and 'diocese' both amended
· Meriden, W Mids
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Northampton, Smith College, MA
   'Diocese' amended
· Orleans, MA
   'Diocese' amended
· Ruthin, Denbighs
   5th is unringable
· Wimborne St Giles, Dorset
   6th removed for recasting: ringing suspended

11 Dec
· Gorran, Cornwall
   Former 2,5 now removed; replacement 8 bells b ...
· Strensham, Worcs
   Date of 2,3 NOT as [then 1,2] H B Walters (CB ...

10 Dec
· Bere Regis, Dorset
   Tenor wt amended to post restoration value
· Kent, CT
   Dedication and 'diocese' both amended

08 Dec
· Blagdon, Som
   Tue PN reinstated

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

22 Dec
· Fleet, Lincs

21 Dec
· Abingdon, S Nicolas, Oxon
· Clifton, Beds
· Westborough, Lincs

18 Dec
· Chearsley, Bucks
· Kingsdon, Som

17 Dec
· Pipe and Lyde, Herefs

16 Dec
· Kemerton, Worcs

15 Dec
· Finedon, Northants

14 Dec
· Eckington, Derbys
· Fairwarp, E Sussex
· Foxton, Leics
· Fulham, Gr London
· Fylingdales, N Yorks
· Upton St Leonards, Glos

13 Dec
· Exeter, S Thomas, Devon

12 Dec
· Emmington, Oxon

11 Dec
· Prescot, Mers
· Strensham, Worcs

10 Dec
· Bere Regis, Dorset

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Details incorrect or incomplete?

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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