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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
· 47,210 bells
· 7145 rings of which, now:
· 2986 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

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!

8 Sep: New map icons

The icons on the maps have now been modernised using the pin style but still identifying the number of bells in each ring, and whether the ring is ringable or not.

14 Aug: Launch of new mapping feature

The advanced Dove search facility allows users to search by region, diocese, practice, no of bells, key, tenor weight, and even toilet, etc. The result is normally a list of the towers in question. Now you can plot that list on a map to see the distribution of these towers. Select Plot all results on a map at the bottom of this list to get to the map.

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Tower updates

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

23 Sep
· Bromley, S Peter & S Paul, Greater London
 Frame painting has started
· Fenstanton, S Peter & S Paul, Cambridgeshire
 Tenor nominal added. Ring in G not F#.
· Rodmell, S Peter, East Sussex
 Work started to retune, rehang with new trad fi

20 Sep
· Christleton, S James, Cheshire
 Frame painting completed

16 Sep
· Southgate, Christ Church, Greater London
 Canons were removed from the tenor in 1963, red

15 Sep
· Shaugh Prior, S Edward, Devon
 Restoration work begun to galvanise parts of th

07 Sep
· Farnham, S Andrew, Surrey
 Ringing temporarily suspended: tower structural

05 Sep
· Furneux Pelham, S Mary V, Hertfordshire
 Now GF
· Newcastle, S John, Down, Northern Ireland
 Ringing is no longer suspended; work on the spi
· Sheffield, S Mary, Walkley, South Yorkshire
 PN info, toilet, simulator, url added

04 Sep
· Buxhall, S Mary, Suffolk
 To be become 8
· Combs, S Mary, Suffolk
 Plans for a ring of 10
· Laxfield, All Saints, Suffolk
 To be augmented to 8 in a new frame
· Pitminster, S Mary & S Andrew, Somerset
 Project completed to replace cracked 7th and 3
· Troston, S Mary, Suffolk
 Appeal launched to rehang in a new frame

03 Sep
· Caxton, S Andrew, Cambridgeshire
 Tenor nominal added and key amended
· Leeds, S Mary, Whitkirk, West Yorkshire
 Confirmation ringable following test ring
· Willenhall, S Giles, West Midlands
 Work carried out by Blyth & Co has been completed

02 Sep
· Barham, S Mary, Suffolk
 Tenor weighed on arrival at JT&Co (changed from
· Norton Bavant, All Saints, Wiltshire
 Tenor weighed on arrival at JT&Co (changed from

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