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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the tables at the end of the County lists.
Overall
Coverage statistics
Dove
· 7149 rings
pNBR
· 47,235 bells
· 7149 rings of which, now:
· 3011 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 Dec: Charting the results of a search by tenor weight

We are pleased to announce a new feature in Dove’s Guide, which is the charting of the number of rings in a particular weight bracket according to a chosen set of search parameters. For example, you can see the number of rings of 12 in each cwt weight category here.

To access these charts, go to Dove Search, enter your parameters, and at the base of the page, click Chart by weight. You can change the weight brackets that you count the number of rings in. Happy exploring!

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.

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Tower updates

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

04 Dec
· Outwood, S John Bapt, Surrey
 Dedication confirmed as S John Bapt
· Streatham, S Leonard, Greater London
 url updated
· Winchester, Cath Ch of Holy Trinity, S Peter
 Update postcode

03 Dec
· Barham, S Mary, Suffolk
 Augmented to 6. Tenor from 11-3-24 to 11-3-20,
· Edington, S Mary, S Katharine, & All Saints
 Restoration work complete, 8th welded

02 Dec
· Church Stowe, S Michael, Northamptonshire
 Remodelled as ring of 5, tenor 13-3-12, former
· Hampstead Norreys, S Mary, Berkshire
 Tenor now 11-0-5

01 Dec
· Eastbourne, S Mary, East Sussex
 Tenor from 15-2-22 to 15-1-18, tenor nominal 69
· Faversham, S Mary of Charity, Kent
 Now a ring of 10. Tenor weight and nominal upda
· Hitcham, All Saints, Suffolk
 Now a ring of 8, tenor 15-2-14
· Norton Bavant, All Saints, Wiltshire
 Tenor from 10-1-19 to 10-1-18

27 Nov
· Towcester, S Lawrence, Northamptonshire
 Restoration work complete

26 Nov
· Berwick upon Tweed, Town Hall, Northumberland
 Restoration work complete
· Penrith, S Andrew, Cumbria
 Clappers and crown staples at Loughborough for
· West Hanningfield, S Mary & S Edward, Essex
 Order placed for rehanging with new fittings, s

25 Nov
· Kenn, S Andrew, Devon
 Tenor from 13-1-25 to 13¼ approx as canons dis

22 Nov
· Ecchinswell, S Lawrence, Hampshire
 Tenor weight updated
· Rodmell, S Peter, East Sussex
 Tenor weight updated
· Tittleshall, S Mary, Norfolk
 Tenor nominal added
· Tunstead, S Mary V, Norfolk
 Tenor nominal added

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