Harry Sear's band Astwood's bell frame Bletchley's bells in the churchyard Old Bradwell band Calverton's old church Thornborough re-hang Olney's bells Astwood church in the snow Downs Barn installation Newport sub-web
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.

TowerDedicationBellsmp3
Downs BarnThe Cross and Stable8

Peals27
Quarters47
Members5

Fastest peal

TimeDate
2h, 28mFebruary 23, 2011
2h, 30mDecember 24, 1995

Longest peal(s)

ChangesDate
5184October 20, 2012
5184April 4, 2009
 The church under construction
Photo DescriptionThe church under construction
Approx Date1985
  
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Branch events here:

DateEventNotes
July 16, 2016Joint Striking competition 
July 18, 2015Joint Striking competition 
May 17, 2014Guild AGM 
September 7, 2013Celebration Barbeque and Autumn Meeting 
September 11, 2010Autumn Meeting 
November 15, 2008Joint Practice 
March 3, 2007AGM 
December 4, 2004Quarterly Meeting 
December 1, 2001Quarterly MeetingNote change of location
January 19, 2001Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Superlative Surprise

Peals

Who has circled the tower to peals:

Ringer
Alan J Marchbank
B Douglas Hird

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Alan J Marchbank12October 18, 2014
B Douglas Hird11October 18, 2014
Ruth Stokes5October 18, 2014
Julie A Haseldine5October 18, 2014
Christopher C Stokes5October 18, 2014
Andrew Haseldine5October 18, 2014
Benjamin J Carey4October 20, 2012
Simon Read4October 20, 2012
Russell A Brown3May 28, 2011
Robert Marchbank3October 20, 2012
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Bell Frame

Bellframes Type 8.1.B - a
"Lowside" frame with braces
Day of Eye 1902-1912
Mears & Stainbank (Whitechapel) 1906-c1930
Gillett & Johnston of Croydon 1906-1947
Warner of London, 1912

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

The bells now

 Documented NoteDocumented Note SourceRecorded NoteWeightDiameterCast by
1  Sharp of C by 3 cents1 - 3 - 1419½Taylor in 1992
2  Flat of B by 7 cents2 - 0 - 020Taylor in 1992
3  Sharp of A by 1 cents2 - 1 - 1721½Taylor in 1992
4  Flat of G by 10 cents2 - 2 - 2723Taylor in 1992
5  Flat of F by 2 cents3 - 0 - 824½Taylor in 1992
6  Flat of E by 5 cents3 - 1 - 1225½Taylor in 1992
7  Sharp of D by 1 cents4 - 2 - 1128Taylor in 1992
8  Exactly C6 - 0 - 1031Taylor in 1992

Tuning

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.
BellTuning
13
2-5
32
4-10
5-2
6-5
73
80

History of bells in this tower:

From 1992
1 of 8 John Taylor & Co
2 of 8 John Taylor & Co
3 of 8 John Taylor & Co
4 of 8 John Taylor & Co
5 of 8 John Taylor & Co
6 of 8 John Taylor & Co
7 of 8 John Taylor & Co
8 of 8 John Taylor & Co