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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.

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Fastest peal

2h, 23mOctober 10, 1922
2h, 24mOctober 27, 1909

Longest peal(s)

10080June 23, 1923
10080December 11, 1993
 Removal of the bells
Photo DescriptionRemoval of the bells
Approx Date1901
 ..new bell presented in 1899 by Campbell G Hulton Esq.
of Birkdale, Southport. (Sams there since 1878)

Branch events here:

October 3, 2014Call Changes & Plain Hunt 
February 15, 2014Branch Practice 
December 8, 2012Christmas Celebration 
March 2, 2012Rounds and Call Change Practice 
February 15, 2012Branch Practice 
October 17, 2009Newport Deanery - Learners Practice 
February 13, 2009Branch PracticeNote change from usual date
June 15, 20076-bell striking competition 
April 8, 2005Beginners Striking Competition 
August 20, 2004Branch Practice 


Who has circled the tower to peals:

Frederick J Mynard
Frederick W Booth

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Frederick J Mynard32June 23, 1923
William Freeman25June 5, 1922
John Lovell24December 6, 1919
Edwin S Mynard18October 10, 1922
Charles W Clarke17April 9, 1928
Frederick W Booth15January 28, 1922
Ernest G Mynard12October 10, 1922
William Sharp9February 25, 1928
William Mynard7November 15, 1906
Henry W Gayton5April 9, 1928

Bell Frame

Bellframes Type 8.3.C - e
Cast iron "H" castings mounted on beams and braced at the top
Taylor of Loughborough 1889-1893 (wooden beams with wooden top bracing), 1893 (fabricated beams), 1894 (cast iron beams), and 1892 to date (girders)
Gillett & Johnston of Croydon 1907-1955
James Barwell of Birmingham 1910-1915
Mears & Stainbank (Whitechapel) c1920-1935
James Grove of Birmingham 1923

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

The bells now

 Documented NoteDocumented Note SourceRecorded NoteWeightDiameterCast by
1  Flat of E by 15 cents - - 26Taylor in 1901
2  Flat of D by 13 cents - - 27¾Taylor Oxford in 1839
3  Flat of C by 8 cents - - 29½Taylor Oxford in 1839
4  Flat of B by 12 cents - - 30½Taylor Oxford in 1839
5  Flat of A by 2 cents - - 35¼Taylor Oxford in 1839
6GDoveFlat of G by 4 cents9 - 0 - 1839Taylor Oxford in 1839


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 1839From 1901
 1 of 6 John Taylor & Co
1 of 5 W & J Taylor2 of 6 W & J Taylor
2 of 5 W & J Taylor3 of 6 W & J Taylor
3 of 5 W & J Taylor4 of 6 W & J Taylor
4 of 5 W & J Taylor5 of 6 W & J Taylor
5 of 5 W & J Taylor6 of 6 W & J Taylor