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North Bucks Branch Archive Project

Main Branch site:

Branch site

The Branch web site contains up to date information about ringing in North Bucks. Much of the information formerly in this site can now be found there.

Latest on this site:

Web development - Jan 2021

A long needed review of table names in the dataase has prompted a complete check of the code behind this site. You probably won't see much difference, except in a few places where HTML5 coding has been introduced.

The Flash mp3 player in the tower and bell pages has been replaced with the HTML5 audio player..

For Little Horwood:

More detail from the Central Bucks towers that were formerly part of North Bucks are being included.

HillesdenAll Saints6


Fastest peal

2h, 25mSeptember 9, 1990
2h, 32mJuly 20, 1980

Longest peal(s)

 Hillesden church
Photo DescriptionHillesden church
Approx Date2013

Branch events here:

October 19, 2013Branch Change Ringing Practice 


Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Raymond A Vickers4December 20, 2003
Andrew Haseldine3December 20, 2003
William A Yates2February 1, 1986
Charles E Truman2December 5, 1998
James A Haseldine2December 20, 2003
George W Holland2February 1, 1986
Julie A Haseldine2December 5, 1998
George E Green2December 20, 2003
Geoffrey J Tyler1August 25, 1979
Frederick B Jackson1July 20, 1980

Bell Frame

Bellframes Type 6 - A
Sill, long head and braces from sill to head

Classification from "Bellframes - A Practical Guide to Inspection and Recording - C J Pickford 1993"

The bells now

 Documented NoteDocumented Note SourceRecorded NoteWeightDiameterCast by
1F Sharp of F by 15 cents - - 26½Henry Bagley in 1681
2D# Flat of D#/Eb by 5 cents - - 28Henry Bagley in 1681
3C# Flat of C#/Db by 4 cents - - 28¾Matthew Bagley in 1681
4C Sharp of C by 4 cents - - 31Henry Bagley in 1681
5A# Flat of A#/Bb by 14 cents - - 34¼Mears & Stainbank in 1893
6G#DoveFlat of G#/Ab by 5 cents9 - 0 - 1237¾Mears & Stainbank in 1893


The figures and diagram below show the difference, in cents, between each bell and what it should be to be in tune with the tenor.
A positive figure shows that the bell is sharp, a negative figure shows that it is flat. There are 100 cents between notes on the scale.

History of bells in this tower:

From 1681From 1721From 1765From 1893
1 of 6 Matthew I & Henry II Bagley   
2 of 6 Matthew I & Henry II Bagley   
3 of 6 Matthew I Bagley   
4 of 6 Henry II Bagley   
5 of 6 Matthew I & Henry II Bagley 5 of 6 Edward and William Hall5 of 6 Mears & Stainbank
6 of 6 Henry II Bagley6 of 6 Henry III Bagley 6 of 6 Mears & Stainbank