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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
· 7146 rings
· 47,147 bells
· 7146 rings of which, now:
· 2900 fully complete (41%)
· 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

16 Feb Resumption of Dove Submissions

We are delighted to announce that we have enabled the links allowing people to submit updates via the Dove website, and thus re-establishing full website capability.

We believe that we have dealt with all updates received via email up to and including Friday 14/Feb/2020; if you believe this not to be the case then we invite you to get in touch.

15 Feb Entry Removed

The Dove entry for Leeds, Hunslet was deleted on 08 Feb, the bells having been removed to storage. It is intended that they will in due course be installed at Combs, Suffolk.

6 Nov Resumption of Dove Updates

We have cleared the backlog of updates dating from late August and have published these to the Dove website.

Given the volume of changes published in one go, most of these are not visible on the Dove home page. For a list of all the updated entries please refer to the following two pages:



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Dove Updates

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

18 Feb
· Dalton in Furness, Cumbria
   Tower (old) notice doesn't match pNBR (which ...
· Hanslope, Buckinghamshire
   Bells at Appleton for rehanging work
· Hutton Cranswick, East Riding of Yorkshire
   No longer GF
· Letcombe Bassett, Oxfordshire
   Being rehung with new fittings in existing frame
· Liss, S Peter, Hampshire
   Ringing is now permitted
· St Mary Church, The Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
   GF added
· Silchester, Hampshire
   Being rehung, new fittings, existing frame

17 Feb
· Fornham St Martin, Suffolk
   Intention to augment to 8 noted
· Kempston, Bedfordshire
   New tenor is 21-1-17 (in E: 649.2 Hz)
· York, S Wilfrid, North Yorkshire
   Dedicn slightly amended to reflect recent off ...

15 Feb
· Ecchinswell, Hampshire
   Being replaced by a lighter 6 (3-1-3 in D)
· Lambourn, Berkshire
   Restoration work has started: cracked bells t ...
· Liverpool, W Derby, Merseyside
   Change of circumstances re dedication and usa ...
· Marksbury, Somerset
   Project on hold: fundraising as new frame req ...
· Nevern, Pembrokeshire, Wales
   Project to remodel ring and augment to 10 now ...
· Nottingham, All Ss, Nottinghamshire
   Ringing resumed; indication of presence of to ...
· Publow, Somerset
   Restoration work completed
· Steppingley, Bedfordshire
   Now augmented to 6 and test rung

14 Feb
· Albury, Surrey
   URL removed: www.alburychurches.org/ringers. ...
· Campsea Ashe, Suffolk
   URL amended: www.campseaashechurch.org.uk/Rin ...

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

18 Feb
· Market Weighton

17 Feb
· Kempston, Bedfordshire

15 Feb
· Audley, Staffordshire
· Brewood, Staffordshire
· Downham, Essex
· Hamilton Cath, North Island
· Henley in Arden
· Steppingley, Bedfordshire

13 Feb
· Mangotsfield

09 Feb
· Church Stowe

07 Feb
· Ansley, Warwickshire
· Limehouse, Greater London

06 Feb
· Little Hadham, Hertfordshire

05 Feb
· Bicknor, Kent
· Southport, Emmanuel

01 Feb
· Bristol, Whitehall
· Burton, Cheshire
· Rawtenstall, Lancashire
· St Peter Port, S Peter
· Seattle, Washington

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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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