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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
· 46,623 bells
· 7135 towers of which, now:
· 2418 fully complete (34%)
· 2961 ring complete (41%)
· 3368 show frame info (47%)
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

25 Oct Frame material
Chris Pickford has drawn our attention to the fact that any bellframe indicated as having a truss type starting 8.3.C... should show cast iron and nothing else as its material type.

As a result, we have already added that material type to such frame records as were showing previously without any material being specified, and those which were shown simply as being of metal have been amended to being of cast iron.

It is our plan to do the same for those 7 instances currently identified as being of steel (on the grounds that there is much confusion on the part of ringers between steel on the one hand and cast iron on the other). That leaves a large group (82 instances) of such frames showing as that generic truss type but identified as Steel/CastIron (StlCI), a smaller one (24 instances) of Oak/CI, and 3 Comp (composite).

If you have been the contributor of any of the above frame descriptions and feel that your classification of material was absolutely correct, we invite you to get in touch with us.

14 Oct John Martin, Worcester
Folllowing research by Chris Pickford, we now learn that there were two founders working in Worcester using the above name. All pNBR bells dated later than 1660 have therefore been attributed to John II Martin, and our founder drop down list and webpage of founders have both been amended accordingly.

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Dove Updates

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

31 Oct
· Brinkley, Cambs
   URL amended (was: www.brinkley-bells.org.uk )
· Darlton, Notts
   Note added regarding church being for sale
· Hartest, Suffolk
   5th is cracked and currently not being rung
· Thirkleby, N Yorks
   GF added; note added about work in progress >> 6

29 Oct
· Churchdown, Glos
   (Now former) tenor wt amended (from 11-2-0)
· New Alresford, Hants
   Postcode amended (from SO24 9EE)

28 Oct
· New Alresford, Hants
   URL amended
· St Buryan, Cornwall
   URL removed: '404 not found'
· Sennen, Cornwall
   URL removed: '404 not found'

27 Oct
· Washington, W Sussex
   Indication of toilet facility added

25 Oct
· Gedney, Lincs
   No longer GF
· Walsall, W Mids
   Postcode amended

24 Oct
· Chirk, Wrexham
   PN no longer Tue but Mon 19:00-20:00

23 Oct
· Bishopsteignton, Devon
   Bells removed by Andrew Nicholson (to be tune ...

22 Oct
· Gospel Oak, Gr London
   Ringing suspended: more stone has fallen from ...
· Seaton, Rutland
   Augmentation work (from 5) completed

21 Oct
· Bridport, Dorset
   Loughborough work on clappers, etc, completed
· Evington, Leics
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Malpas, Cheshire
   H/s, clappers, c/s rmvd from 5,7 for new gudg ...
· South Kilworth, Leics
   Indication of toilet facility added

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

31 Oct
· Hartest, Suffolk
· Thirkleby, N Yorks

30 Oct
· Brinkley, Cambs
· Camborne, Cornwall

29 Oct
· Churchdown, Glos

28 Oct
· Birkin, N Yorks
· Washington, W Sussex
· Wolston, Warks

27 Oct
· Rye, E Sussex

26 Oct
· Church Honeybourne, Worcs
· Waresley, Cambs

24 Oct
· Ellington, Cambs

23 Oct
· Timberland, Lincs

22 Oct
· Balsham, Cambs
· Keysoe, Beds
· Long Riston, ER Yorks
· Melchbourne, Beds
· Stow on the Wold, Glos
· Thurleigh, Beds
· West Walton, Norfolk

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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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