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.

Fenny StratfordSt Martin6


Fastest peal

2h, 26mSeptember 28, 1990
2h, 30mApril 9, 2012

Longest peal(s)

 Coronation Peal
Photo DescriptionCoronation Peal
Approx Date1953
 Bellringers at St. Martin's Church, Fenny Stratford, in the ringing chamber after their Coronation peal. Left to right are D. Hurst, F. Rowe, J. Eames, M. Underwood, E. Hanks, R. Underwood, J. F. Brooks and D. Plumb.

Branch events here:

January 16, 2016Branch Practice 
December 10, 2011Christmas Celebration 
January 16, 2010Branch Practice 
January 18, 2008Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Carter's Doubles
November 18, 2005Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Double Oxford Bob
December 7, 2002Quarterly Meeting 
December 2, 2000Quarterly Meeting 


Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Harry Sear3May 20, 1910
John Eames2May 20, 1910
Thomas Best2May 20, 1910
Peter G Ellis2November 11, 2006
George Groves2May 20, 1910
Christopher C Stokes1May 11, 2013
Colin Aked1November 11, 2006
Colin M Turner1September 28, 1990
Daphne R Castell1November 12, 1955
Dianna M Bridle1November 11, 2006

Bell Frame

Bellframes Type 8.1.C - a
Double "X" braced frame
Day of Eye 1886
James Shaw of Bradford 1892
Whites of Appleton 1900-1910 (?)
Mears & Stainbank 1906-1910
Bowell of Ipswich 1908-1939

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 G by 22 cents - - 24¾Alfred Bowell in 1913
2  Flat of F by 28 cents - - 25¾Alfred Bowell in 1913
3  Flat of D#/Eb by 23 cents - - 27⅜Alfred Bowell in 1913
4  Sharp of C#/Db by 32 cents - - 28⅝Alfred Bowell in 1913
5  Sharp of B by 13 cents - - 30⅝Alfred Bowell in 1913
6ADoveSharp of A by 17 cents8 - 0 - 434½Alfred Bowell in 1913


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 1731From 1824From 1887From 1913
  1 of 6 Gillett & Co1 of 6 Alfred Bowell
  2 of 6 Gillett & Co2 of 6 Alfred Bowell
  3 of 6 Gillett & Co3 of 6 Alfred Bowell
  4 of 6 Gillett & Co4 of 6 Alfred Bowell
  5 of 6 Gillett & Co5 of 6 Alfred Bowell
1 of 1 Abraham II Rudhall1 of 1 John Briant6 of 6 John Briant6 of 6 Alfred Bowell