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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
· 7148 rings
· 47,138 bells
· 7148 rings of which, now:
· 2862 fully complete (40%)
· 3481 ring complete (49%)
· 5612 show frame info (79%)
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

27 Aug A Problem Has Occurred
With immediate effect, due to a problem with the underlying database, the Edit Details ability has been disabled until further notice. By the same token, we also ask that no further emails be sent to Dovemaster requesting amendment of the details in a particular entry. It is sincerely hoped that normal service will be resumed at the earliest opportunity; current indications are that this will not be simply a matter of days.

24 Aug Further Deletion
The Dove entry for Medmenham was removed on 23 August (see under Delisted 3s).

8 Aug In case you hadn’t noticed ...
The following Dove entries have been removed in the last 3 months: 22 June Kettlethorpe (see under Delisted 3s); 25 July Farewell (see under Delisted 3s); 26 July Stoke on Trent, Hanley (to go to Stafford, S Mary)

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Dove Updates

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

25 Aug
· Great Bircham, Norfolk
   URL added

24 Aug
· Uxbridge, S Margaret, Gr London
   Ring tuned to OCP rather than IP

23 Aug
· Costessey, Norfolk
   Restoration work completed: bells fully ringable
· Mitcheldean, Glos
   Now ringing again and PN is Thu (no regular e ...
· Patrington, ER Yorks
   Indication of available toilet facility added
· Singleton, Lancs
   Tenor wt amended (6-2-14 was for original 6th ...
· Torteval, Guernsey
   Ringing has resumed

22 Aug
· Ashbourne, Derbys
   Tenor note and ring key amended (nominal: F-2 ...

21 Aug
· Great Horkesley, Essex
   Tenor wt (overestimate) amended to Dove norm ...
· Great Leighs, Essex
   Tenor wt (overestimate) amended to Dove norm ...
· Kalamazoo, MI
   URL amended
· Kempston, Beds
   Work has started on project to replace bells ...
· Whissonsett, Norfolk
   URL amended

20 Aug
· Chicago, Riverside, IL
   URL added

19 Aug
· Bere Ferrers, Devon
   Mon PN discontinued
· Singapore, Singapore
   URL reverted

18 Aug
· Shanklin, IoW
   Wed PN start time changed to 18:30

17 Aug
· Arlecdon, Cumbria
   No ringing at present: architect guidance (fr ...
· Eagle, Lincs
   Alternation with Thorpe on the Hill discontinued
· Singapore, Singapore
   URL replaced

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

25 Aug
· Chicago, Mitchell Tower, IL
· Chicago, Riverside, IL
· Ebbesbourne Wake, Wilts
· Kalamazoo, MI
· Torteval, Channel Is
· Westminster Abbey, Gr London

24 Aug
· Marsworth, Bucks
· Patrington, ER Yorks
· St Florence, Pembs
· Tenby, Pembs
· Uxbridge, S Margaret
· Watford, Herts
· Wexford, Wexford
· Whilton, Northants
· Willesden, Gr London
· Woodford, Northants

23 Aug
· Mentmore, Bucks
· Milton Keynes, All Ss, Bucks
· Monks Risborough, Bucks
· Moulsoe, Bucks

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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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