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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
· 7150 rings
· 47,142 bells
· 7150 rings of which, now:
· 2851 fully complete (40%)
· 3481 ring complete (49%)
· 5612 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

11 Jul Service Interruption
In the course of the forthcoming fortnight neither the Dove nor the pNBR webpages will be updated as frequently or as immediately as is the norm. Please understand that this does not necessarily imply that your valued e-mails will not have arrived, but that we are away from our desk - for even we like to go on the occasional holiday! You can be assured that those which have arrived will indeed be dealt with just as soon as we return, so please be patient. As always, the absence of the Edit Details facility will indicate when e-mails addressed to Dovemaster are highly unlikely to receive a timely response.

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Dove Updates

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

12 Jul
· Swithland, Leics
   Tenor wt now 11-0-7 (rather than ~12cwt)

11 Jul
· Launcells, Cornwall
   No longer GF: new gallery floor installed, be ...

10 Jul
· Hoggeston, Bucks
   Tenor note / ring key added
· Hulcott, Bucks
   Tenor note / ring key added
· Lindfield, W Sussex
   Work completed and bells test rung
· Llandefaelog, Powys
   Restoration work complete; bells back in action
· Swithland, Leics
   Rehang completed

05 Jul
· Charwelton, Northants
   Postcode amended
· Hawton, Notts
   Former 4 remodelled as ring of 8 in F (old tr ...

04 Jul
· Caythorpe, Lincs
   Indication of available toilet facility added
· Cold Ashby, Northants
   PN (2,4 Mon) info added
· Fulmer, Bucks
   pNBR discrepancy with Bucks BB,p222 noted
· Gloucester, S Mary de Crypt, Glos
   PN removed ("no [Fri] practice here for over ...
· Sibbertoft, Northants
   PN info removed: no regular practice sessions ...
· Swindon Village, Glos
   PN info removed ("no [Mon] practice for some ...
· Welford, Northants
   Mon PN no longer alternates with Sibbertoft
· Woolstone, Glos
   PN amended (formerly Mon)

03 Jul
· Ebberston, N Yorks
   Ringing currently not permitted pending resto ...
· Ilkeston, Derbys
   PN now every Thu
· Leeds, Hunslet, W Yorks
   Body of church demolished; tower alone remains

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

12 Jul
· Swithland, Leics

10 Jul
· Chislehurst, S Nicholas

09 Jul
· Claines, Worcs
· Lavendon, Bucks
· Leckhampstead, Bucks
· Lillingstone Dayrell, Bucks
· Lillingstone Lovell, Bucks
· Little Marlow, Bucks
· Little Missenden, Bucks
· Long Crendon, Bucks
· Ludgershall, Bucks
· Thornby, Northants

08 Jul
· Frenchay, Glos
· Ickford, Bucks
· Iver, Bucks
· Ivinghoe, Bucks
· Lane End, Bucks
· Lathbury, Bucks

06 Jul
· Bristol, Whitehall, C Bris
· Charminster, Dorset

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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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