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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the tables at the end of the County lists.
Coverage statistics
· 7145 rings
· 47,220 bells
· 7145 rings of which, now:
· 2992 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

18 Oct: New layout of towers and constituent rings; mouse hovering features

Three important changes now appear on Dove’s Guide, launched on 18 October.

1. Where a tower contains more than one ring of bells, the various rings now appear together on the same page rather than on separate pages. The layout of the tower pages has been adapted to draw the distinction between the tower, the ring(s) and frame(s). Rings still have separate entries in the listings. We can expect to see this feature of the newly designed database to be exploited further in coming months.

2. You can now see a translation of the nominal frequencies in terms of the given note of the scale plus or minus the number of cents away from that note. This is done by hovering your mouse over the figures in the nominal column.

3. You can similarly hover your mouse to view the meaning of the symbols in the columns to give details of canons, turning and listing status, as well as those bells noted as being cracked or welded.

27 Sep: ART Teaching Centres

All the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) Teaching Centres are now identified in Dove’s Guide, using the information given on the ART website.

20 Sep: New county summary lists

For some time we have given the option to download the updated County Lists, shortened lists of the towers by county. These were popular in the appendices of the published book. This feature has now been extended to allow any custom search to produce a list given in this form. You will find a new link at the bottom of all searches marked Download as a county list (PDF). Try it!

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Tower updates

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

22 Oct
· Great Hampton, S Andrew, Worcestershire
 Restoration work complete
· Westminster, S Margaret, Greater London
 Tower restoration work complete

21 Oct
· Abingdon, S Helen, Oxfordshire
 Revised tenor weight from WBF records. Earlier

19 Oct
· King's Bromley, All Saints, Staffordshire
 PN removed: practices normally held at neighbou

18 Oct
· Tewkesbury, Abbey Ch of S Mary V
 An extra treble has now been hung

17 Oct
· Bromley, S Peter & S Paul, Greater London
 Frame painting completed
· Farnborough, S Giles, Greater London
 PCC has approved top and tail augmentation to 8
· Holcombe, The Potters Yard Ring, Somerset
 New ring of 12

16 Oct
· Crondall, All Saints, Hampshire
 Tenor nominal updated
· Kenn, S Andrew, Devon
 PN now Tues
· Long Crendon, S Mary V, Buckinghamshire
 Tenor nominal added

14 Oct
· Spalding, S Paul, Fulney, Lincolnshire
 Bells ringable again after clearing rubbish and

10 Oct
· Market Rasen, S Thomas Ap, Lincolnshire
 Restoration work complete - New Profiled SG Cla
· Pontefract, S Giles, West Yorkshire
 Restoration work complete, new bearings, clappe
· Rodmell, S Peter, East Sussex
 Bells now removed from Church, cracked 5th sent
· Woodhouse, S Mary in the Elms, Leicestershire
 Restoration of Clappers and Roller Boxes underway

09 Oct
· Bosham, Holy Trinity, West Sussex
 url no longer works

04 Oct
· Machynlleth, S Peter, Powys, Wales
 Restoration work complete
· Orange, Holy Trinity, New South Wales
 Ringing no longer suspended
· Puddletown, S Mary V, Dorset
 Restoration work complete

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