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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
· 47,144 bells
· 7145 rings of which, now:
· 2919 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

9 Mar URL Checking

We have recently, and for the first time in over a year, run Xenu’s Link Sleuth (TM) against the Dove site. As a consequence we have updated almost 60 Dove entries to remove or replace a broken link to an external web site.

However, Xenu does not spot all such problems and so we invite you to inform us if you discover any links that remain broken.

8 Mar Additional S Glos / Bristol Diocese URLs

We are grateful to Nick Bowden for supplying us with 18 tower web addresses for those towers which previously showed no URL.

3 Mar Entry Removed

The Dove entry for Byford, Herefordshire was removed on 28 Feb as the bells are being rehung dead for chiming with electro-magnetic hammers in the existing frame.

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.

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Dove Updates

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

28 Mar
· Hinton on the Green, Worcestershire
   Restoration work completed

27 Mar
· Perth Bell Tower, Western Australia
   Presence of simulator noted

24 Mar
· Kirk Ella, East Riding of Yorkshire
   Presence of simulator noted
· West Stow, Suffolk
   Tue PN no longer held; indication of toilet f ...

22 Mar
· Belfast, Dundela, Down, Ireland
   Sunday (but NOT practice) ringing has resumed
· Boddington, Gloucestershire
   Indication of available toilet facility added
· Sutton in the Isle, Cambridgeshire
   Tenor u/r; no longer regularly practise; ring ...

18 Mar
· Twickenham, All Hallows, Greater London
   Tenor note is E(-38c) as per Dove9, not Eb

16 Mar
· Brinsop, Herefordshire
   Restored (not tuned), 2 welded; rehung in new ...
· Brinsop, Herefordshire
   3: (app)wt amended from 5.5cwt

15 Mar
· Norton, Powys, Wales
   Ch closed wef Dec 2018: prob to be leased by ...

14 Mar
· Bradford, Devon
   No longer has a toilet: indication thereof re ...
· Chester, Old St Mary's, Cheshire
   Treble h/s at Loughboorough for work
· Monkton, Kent
   Indication of available toilet facility added
· Wedmore, Somerset
   Ring flagged as being tuned to OCP
· West Bagborough, Somerset
   Tuning description is only approximate

10 Mar
· Ballarat, Town Hall, Victoria, Australia
   Sunday practice now starts at 13:00 (previous ...
· Croydon, S John Bapt, Greater London
   2,3,6,7,9,12 dismantled: gudgeon replacement
· Great Tew, Oxfordshire
   Bells out of action: refurbishment of some fi ...
· Hemington, Northamptonshire
   Tenor note is not B (nominal C-41Hz)

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

30 Mar
· Bristol, S James, City of Bristol

29 Mar
· Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

27 Mar
· Alverstoke, Hampshire
· Boddington, Gloucestershire
· Brinsop, Herefordshire
· Campsea Ashe, Suffolk
· Drewsteignton, Devon
· Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
· Kingston upon Thames, Greater London
· Maidstone, S Michael, Kent
· Perth Bell Tower, Western Australia
· Wellington Cath, North Island, New Zealand

25 Mar
· Chartham, Kent
· Kingweston, Somerset
· West Lydford, Somerset

24 Mar
· Beeby, Leicestershire
· Crondall, Hampshire

23 Mar
· Canterbury, S Dunstan, Kent
· Evesham, Worcestershire

22 Mar
· Audley, Staffordshire

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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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