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:

Corrections to analysis of bell harmonics at Wavendon and Great Linford - June 2022

Great BrickhillSt Mary the Virgin6


Fastest peal

2h, 50mOctober 28, 1984
2h, 50mJune 6, 1936

Longest peal(s)

5088February 1, 2020
5088March 2, 2019
 Peal board in Church
Photo DescriptionPeal board in Church
Approx Date1984

Branch events here:

March 5, 2016AGM 
February 16, 2013Branch Surprise Practice 
March 12, 2011Guild Spring Meeting 
November 20, 2010Joint Practice 


Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
David Middleton2February 1, 2020
Robert Tregillus2February 1, 2020
Michael Chester2February 1, 2020
Ronald J Snack2March 9, 1991
B Douglas Hird2March 9, 1991
Barry Smith1March 9, 1991
Angela Blackburn1March 2, 2019
Barry R Eglesfield1March 9, 1991
Andrew P Warboys1July 12, 1992
Andrew M Farmer1July 12, 1992

Bell Frame

Bellframes Type 8.3.A - h
As used (with minor differences - some with and some without the lower "stretcher rail") by
Taylor of Loughborough 1892 to date
Llwellyns & James of Bristol c1904-1925
Mears & Stainbank (Whitechapel) c1920 to date
Whites of Appleton c1955 to date

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

The bells now


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 1789From 1840From 2009
  1 of 8 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd
  2 of 8 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd
1 of 6 William & Thomas Mears 3 of 8 William & Thomas Mears
2 of 6 William & Thomas Mears2 of 6 Thomas II Mears4 of 8 Thomas II Mears
3 of 6 William & Thomas Mears 5 of 8 William & Thomas Mears
4 of 6 William & Thomas Mears 6 of 8 William & Thomas Mears
5 of 6 William & Thomas Mears 7 of 8 William & Thomas Mears
6 of 6 William & Thomas Mears 8 of 8 William & Thomas Mears