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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
· 7149 rings
· 47,128 bells
· 7149 rings of which, now:
· 2841 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

3 May Today’s Goodies
Via the diligence of Colin Chapman, using their latest Annual Report information, we have today made a number of changes to certain entries for towers within the Essex Association. 6 extra rings are now shown as having toilet facilities, and an additional 7 as having a simulator. Further, although we discourage their use with SatNavs (see our FAQ#18), we have amended the postcode (appropximate positions) for 13 towers containing a ring although we re-emphasise that our Lat/Long position is far more precise for such purposes. Thank you Colin.

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

24 May
· Lindfield, W Sussex
   Building work remains to be done in tower

22 May
· Buckingham, Bucks
   Tenor note and ring key not C# but D
· Newcastle, Jesmond, Tyne+Wear
   Indication of available toilet facility added
· South Shields, Tyne+Wear
   Indication of available toilet facility added

21 May
· Bow Brickhill, Bucks
   Absence of stays and sliders noted

20 May
· Leigh upon Mendip, Som
   Bells likely to be unavailable till ~mid Aug ...
· Lindfield, W Sussex
   Ring replaced: tenor now 9-2-15 in G#

19 May
· Birchington, Kent
   SatNav destination added
· Bishop Auckland, Durham
   Indication of available toilet facility added
· Brinkley, Cambs
   New local band being taught: PN info added
· Nottingham, All Ss, Notts
   Ringing suspended

18 May
· Chagford, Devon
   Indication of simulator and toilet facility a ...
· Chagford, Devon
   Practices not held during August
· Chalfont St Giles, Bucks
   Treble wt discrepancy wrt Smith Bucks BB noted

17 May
· Combe Raleigh, Devon
   PN start time amended (from 14:30)

16 May
· Dowlish Wake, Som
   All ringing suspended UFN: chiming mechanism ...
· Merstham, Surrey
   Old concert pitch tuning noted

15 May
· Bierton, Bucks
   Discrepancy wrt Smith (Bucks BB) re wt of san ...
· Dunston, Lincs
   Treble clapper broken
· Telford, Malinslee, Shrops
   No ringing permitted at present

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

25 May
· Chilton, Bucks
· Clifton Reynes, Bucks
· Cold Brayfield, Bucks
· Cuddington, Bucks

24 May
· Toller Whelme, Dorset

23 May
· Chearsley, Bucks
· Chenies, Bucks
· Chesham, Bucks
· Leeds, Seacroft, W Yorks

22 May
· Chalfont St Peter, Bucks

21 May
· Stretton, Staffs
· Turville, Bucks

20 May
· Lindfield, W Sussex

19 May
· Graveney, Kent
· Hempsted, Glos
· Marbury, Cheshire

18 May
· Chalfont St Giles, Bucks

17 May
· Oldbury, W Mids
· Walton on Thames, Surrey

16 May
· Bolton, Halliwell, Gr Man

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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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