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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
· 7145 rings
· 47,201 bells
· 7145 rings of which, now:
· 2972 fully complete (42%)
· 3481 ring complete (49%)
· 5612 show frame info (79%)
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Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers
Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers

A Guide to Towers throughout the World with Bells used for Change Ringing.

First published in book form by Ronald H Dove in 1950, this is the online guide managed by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, now extended to details of constituent bells (the prototype National Bell Register or pNBR).

The printed Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers is available to buy.

Details incorrect or incomplete?

Grateful thanks are given to those who contribute additions or revisions, which are vital to maintain the quality of this resource. This includes bellringers, researchers and the bellfounding and bellhanging industry.

Please submit authoritative revisions either through the individual tower pages, or via email to the Dove Team. Please check whether the matter is addressed through our FAQs and follow our Conventions and other Help Pages (Description, Editing and Warnings).

Site News

2 Aug: Another Milestone Reached in the Dove Project

An important milestone was achieved on 1 August when the new database went live and the transfer of information about the different bell towers was tested and completed. All changes and additions now take place within the new environment. As far as those who normally use this website are concerned, there is little change to be noticed, and that is as it should be: the building of a new website is something planned for the future. However, we do now have a system of tracking every single change to the Dove information, whether a correction, amendment, or addition, in a way that has not been possible before. A new system of classifying towers into regions (whether geographical, ecclesiastical, or by ringing association) has been introduced, and the recording of practice nights has been rationalised. A new admin system for capturing change requests and workflow, which we call DoveTickets, has been set up and tested for use by the Dove Team.

The next phase of work is to design the database to accept the bell level information, currently termed the prototype National Bell Register (pNBR). Details on the next phase and a further look ahead will be the subject of a future Dove update.

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

04 Aug
· Cheltenham, S Christopher, Warden Hill
 Postcode amended
· Croft, All Saints, Lincolnshire
 Clappers, crown staples and roller boxes being
· Dumfries, S John Ev, Dumfries and Galloway
 url added
· Manston, S Nicholas, Dorset
 Revision of tenor note
· Preston, S Peter & S Paul, Rutland
 Restoration work complete
· Snitterfield, S James Gt, Warwickshire
 Restoration work complete
· Weymouth, S Andrew, Preston, Dorset
 Improvements to rope circle and clappers

28 Jul
· Shepperton, S Nicholas, Surrey
 Dedication amended (from S Nicholas & S John Ba
· Sheringham, All Saints, Upper Sheringham
 Tenor no longer 6-3-20
· Watlington, S Leonard, Oxfordshire
 Tenor wt now approx

27 Jul
· Dodington, All Saints, Somerset
 Tenor wt no longer approx 8cwt

26 Jul
· Cottingham, S Mary Magd, Northamptonshire
 Tuning comment / description added

25 Jul
· Hambledon, S Peter & S Paul, Hampshire
 Restoration work has begun

24 Jul
· Challacombe, Holy Trinity, Devon
 Indication of toilet facility added

21 Jul
· Aberavon, S Mary, Neath Port Talbot, Wales
 Heating installn wk complete: covid19 alone pre

20 Jul
· Dodington, All Saints, Somerset
 Restoration work has started
· Hornton, S John Bapt, Oxfordshire
 Indication of toilet facility added
· Wellington, Old S Paul's, North Island
 Ringing recommences 28/07/2020

19 Jul
· Milton Keynes, S Mary, Bletchley
 Postcode changed from MK3 6DZ; SatNav destn cha

16 Jul
· Dunchurch, S Peter, Warwickshire
 Indication of toilet facility added

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