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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the quarterly updated tables at the end of the County lists.
Overall
Coverage statistics
Dove
· 7146 rings
pNBR
· 47,124 bells
· 7146 rings of which, now:
· 2813 fully complete (39%)
· 3466 ring complete (49%)
· 5594 show frame info (78%)
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 their exact location, satellite navigation data, and details of changes to entries as they occur. That scope has been further extended by the addition of data for individual bells and the frame(s) in which they hang 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

7 Dec Edition11 Cut-off
In the absence of the unexpected, tower entries in Edn11 of Dove will be as they appear on this website as at midnight on Sunday 16 December. Although the underlying database WILL be amended with any update received thereafter, they will not be presented here until approximately mid-January 2019. Please be rigorous over the intervening period in ensuring that this next printed edition is as accurate as it possibly can be.

24 Feb Edition 11
Almost 6 years have elapsed since Edition 10 of Dove appeared in print, and so we are actively thinking about a successor. To that end we are anxious more than ever to ensure that our data continues to be as accurate as possible. So, if there is something wrong with, or missing from, what we show as the entry for YOUR tower (probably best assessed by looking at it in the A-Z section), do please let us know as soon as possible just how that shortcoming should be resolved. And when doing so, remember to include within your e-mail your status (eg, Tower Captain) with regard to the ring concerned.

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Dove Updates

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

09 Dec
· Elstead, Surrey
   U/r added: significant tower movement

08 Dec
· Lancaster Priory, Lancs
   PN info added
· Lancaster RC Cath, Lancs
   PN info modified (doors locked 19:30)
· Lichfield, S Mary, Staffs
   Ownership remains with Lichfield Dio authorities
· Morecambe, Lancs
   Fri PN is NOT now 1st (doors locked 19:30)

07 Dec
· Ponteland, Northumb
   Now augmented to a ring of 8

06 Dec
· Ambleside, Cumbria
   SatNav destination added
· Ambleside, Cumbria
   URL removed: connection reported as being ins ...
· Dinton, Bucks
   Tenor note and ring key nearer E than F (nomi ...
· Lindfield, W Sussex
   Bells now rmvd (listed 4-7 to be hung dead) f ...
· York, S Olave, N Yorks
   Restoration work completed and bells now ring ...

04 Dec
· Wiggenhall St Germans, Norfolk
   Cracked 3rd replaced in 1882 ('bell cracked' ...

03 Dec
· Blyton, Lincs
   Tower access unsafe
· Brize Norton, Oxon
   u/r: unsafe frame
· Church Gresley, Derbys
   Ringing prohibited
· East Keal, Lincs
   Bells are ringable but ONLY for short periods ...
· Ipswich, S Mary Quay, Suffolk
   Now >> unringable
· Market Stainton, Lincs
   Now considered as unringable
· Mendlesham, Suffolk
   Unringable added
· Moretonhampstead, Devon
   Restoration work completed

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

09 Dec
· Barnburgh, S Yorks
· Berrow, Worcs
· Elstead, Surrey
· Idbury, Oxon
· Manchester, Didsbury, Gr Man
· Stanton Drew, Som

08 Dec
· Illogan, Cornwall
· Wendens Ambo, Essex

07 Dec
· Walthamstow, S Mary
· Walthamstow, S Saviour
· Wanstead, Gr London

06 Dec
· Ambleside, Cumbria
· Beaumaris, Ynys Mon
· Dinton, Bucks

04 Dec
· Wiggenhall St Germans

03 Dec
· Costessey, Norfolk
· Otham, Kent

01 Dec
· Ansford, Som
· Liddington, Wilts
· Newton Hall, Northumb

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Details incorrect or incomplete?

All who have supplied information are gratefully thanked for their contributions, particularly those who have been mailing additions and corrections since these pages first appeared on the internet. It is the goodwill that ringers throughout the world have demonstrated over the years, together with the ready assistance shown by professional bell hangers and bellfounders, which enables us to maintain the accuracy of what we are able to present.

If (and only if) you are absolutely confident that the data we are showing is incorrect or incomplete for a tower in 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. Our Warnings also amplify just why content of any submitted change cannot be expected to be instantaneously visible.

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