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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
· 7145 rings
· 47,192 bells
· 7145 rings of which, now:
· 2968 fully complete (42%)
· 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

7 Jul Dove updates during 7-18 Jul

As part of the transition to the new Dove database, we will be pausing the publication of new bell level updates (also known here as pNBR) from 7 July. In the course of the next week we will be publishing the tower level updates collected since 1 June. We will continue to receive updates to towers and bells and publish these provisionally from 18 July. Therefore please continue to submit updates as usual. Thank you for your patience in viewing these.

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Dove Updates

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

09 Jul
· Pitminster, Somerset
   Restoration work has now started
· York, S Lawrence, North Yorkshire
   URL removed: stlawrenceparishchurch.org.uk/? ...

08 Jul
· Bicker, Lincolnshire
   PN info added
· Bradoc, Cornwall
   URL amended
· Child Okeford, Dorset
   Practice no longer shared with Manston on 5th ...
· Crowland, Lincolnshire
   PN info amended
· Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire
   20:00 Tue PN start time is now 19:30
· Gedney, Lincolnshire
   Tue PN 19:30-20:00 (fortnightly with Sutton S ...
· Gedney Hill, Lincolnshire
   PN info added: 19:00 - 20:30
· Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire
   Postcode no longer DN14 5BE - replaced by DN ...
· Gosberton, Lincolnshire
   PN now too complicated to show: see Branch we ...
· Headcorn, Kent
   Tenor note and ring key not OCP D but rather ...
· Kettering, Northamptonshire
   Postcode no longer NN15 7QP - replaced by NN ...
· Lichfield Cath, Staffordshire
   URL amended: only a SINGLE hyphen in worship- ...
· Liss, S Peter, Hampshire
   URL removed: www.ipc-liss.com/home/ gives ...
· Liverpool, Municipal Buildings, Merseyside
   Postcode no longer L2 2F - replaced by L2 2ZR
· Manston, Dorset
   PN removed: no longer practise (on 5th Mon)
· Margaretting, Essex
   www.essexinfo.net/margaretting/bellringers/ab ...
· Radway, Warwickshire
   No longer a ring of 5 but 6; regular ringing ...
· Stoke St Milborough, Shropshire
   Restoration work has started in the tower

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

05 Jul
· Little Rock Cath, Arkansas
· Shreveport Cath, Louisiana

04 Jul
· Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire
· Bedford, S Andrew, Bedfordshire
· Cranfield, Bedfordshire
· Easingwold, North Yorkshire
· Morton, Derbyshire
· Stoke St Milborough, Shropshire
· Stotfold, Bedfordshire
· Stradbroke, Suffolk
· Warminster, Wiltshire

03 Jul
· Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
· Great Bentley, Essex
· Hobart, HT, Tasmania, Australia
· Houghton, Cambridgeshire

02 Jul
· Adelaide, Town Hall, South Australia
· Brisbane, South, Queensland, Australia
· Christchurch, Papanui, South Island
· Claremont, Western Australia, Australia
· Crowland, Lincolnshire

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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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