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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.

Great LinfordSt Andrew6


Fastest peal

2h, 41mFebruary 13, 1966
2h, 45mJanuary 24, 1981
2h, 45mFebruary 18, 2006

Longest peal(s)

 Note the small window above the main windows (the bells were once hung on two levels) and also the windows below the belfry showing the earlier lower height of the tower.
Photo DescriptionNote the small window above the main windows (the bells were once hung on two levels) and also the windows below the belfry showing the earlier lower height of the tower.
Approx Date1990

Branch events here:

February 20, 2016Branch Practice 
May 4, 2012Rounds and Call Change Practice 
March 24, 2012Branch AGMThere is a link to the agenda and officers' notes on the In Touch page
December 12, 2009Christmas Celebration 
February 15, 2008Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Violet Treble Bob
December 16, 2005Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Christmas Morning S Minor
March 6, 2004Annual General Meeting 
February 21, 2003Branch PracticeHorton S Minor
June 2, 2001Striking Competition and Quarterly Meeting 
December 17, 1999Branch PracticeFocus on Rounds and Call Changes


Who has circled the tower to peals:

Alan J Marchbank
Barry R Eglesfield
Ronald J Snack

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Alan J Marchbank19June 29, 2013
Ronald J Snack13November 19, 1994
Barry R Eglesfield11June 29, 2013
B Douglas Hird6June 29, 2013
Ruth Stokes5February 5, 2012
Christine E Marchbank5January 1, 2000
Stephen J Crane4January 16, 1993
William A Yates4January 16, 1993
David M Joyce4November 20, 1993
John Stanworth4September 6, 2012

Bell Frame

Bellframes Type 8.2.D - a
Wooden Sill, steel head, and pairs of cast iron "X" braces bolted to sill and head
James Shaw of Bradford 1904 (e.g. Mulbarton, Norfolk)
Bowell of Ipswich c1905-1939

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

The bells now

 Documented NoteDocumented Note SourceRecorded NoteWeightDiameterCast by
1  Sharp of D by 32 cents6 - 2 - 2131Joseph Eayre in 1756
2  Flat of C#/Db by 23 cents7 - 0 - 032½Joseph Eayre in 1756
3  Flat of B by 21 cents8 - 0 - 735Joseph Eayre in 1756
4  Sharp of C#/Db by 32 cents8 - 3 - 1336¾Joseph Eayre in 1756
5  Flat of G#/Ab by 21 cents10 - 2 - 039Joseph Eayre in 1756
6F#DoveFlat of F#/Gb by 10 cents16 - 1 - 2244½Joseph Eayre in 1756


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 1756
1 of 6 Joseph Eayre
2 of 6 Joseph Eayre
3 of 6 Joseph Eayre
4 of 6 Joseph Eayre
5 of 6 Joseph Eayre
6 of 6 Joseph Eayre