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North Bucks Branch Archive Project

Main Branch site:

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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.

HanslopeSt James the Great8


Fastest peal

2h, 52mApril 4, 1987
2h, 54mOctober 10, 1998
2h, 54mMarch 16, 1985

Longest peal(s)

5184November 28, 1998
5184May 22, 2009
Photo DescriptionWedding
Approx Date1697
 Mr. and Mrs. Roy Keeves pictured after their wedding at St. James church, Hanslope, on April 1.
Formerly Miss Judith Rosalynd Pell, the bride is the only daughter of Mrs. E. Pell, of 19 Windrush Road, Hardingstone, Northampton. The bridegroom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Keeves of 2 Williams Close, Hanslope.

Branch events here:

June 6, 2014Call Changes & Plain Hunt 
December 7, 2013Mince Pies, Mulled Wine and Ringing 
July 5, 2013Call Changes & Plain Hunt Practice 
April 20, 2013Branch Change Ringing PracticeFollowing on from the introduction to all the "builder" methods at Wicken, we hope to take the next step with these. So on the agenda are: Touches of Grandsire, Stedman and, possibly, Erin Triples, touches of Plain, Little, Double Norwich. Then there are Kent and/or Oxford TB.<br/>This is an opportunity to get into change ringing with a decent ring of bells and reasonably reliable ringers as well as a reminder for experienced ringers.
June 1, 2012Rounds and Call Change Practice 
July 2, 2011Inter-Branch Striking competition 
March 7, 2009AGM 
November 18, 2006Joint practice with Towcester Branch 
January 20, 2006Branch PracticeSpecial Methods: Bristol S Major and Plain Bob Major
May 2, 2005Guild Ringing Day and 8-bell competition 


Who has circled the tower to peals:

Roy Keeves

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Richard Haseldine19September 1, 2012
Andrew Haseldine14September 1, 2012
Alan C Cozens13September 1, 2012
Christopher C Stokes11September 1, 2012
Roy Keeves9November 13, 1999
Julie A Haseldine9September 1, 2012
Ruth Stokes7September 1, 2012
George E Green7November 13, 1999
Nicholas Gray6November 13, 1999
James A Haseldine4September 1, 2012

Bell Frame

Bell Frame not yet surveyed

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#/Eb by 19 cents5 - 0 - 2529M & S in 1947
2  Sharp of D by 9 cents5 - 3 - 030M & S in 1947
3  Sharp of C by 20 cents6 - 0 - 032Alfred Bowell in 1906
4  Sharp of A#/Bb by 14 cents8 - 2 - 035½Taylor in 1815
5  Sharp of G#/Ab by 19 cents10 - 1 - 037½Edward Hall in 1752
6  Sharp of G by 16 cents10 - 1 - 037½Alfred Bowell in 1906
7  Sharp of F by 3 cents15 - 0 - 043Robert Atton in 1626
8EbDoveSharp of D#/Eb by 4 cents22 - 0 - 050John Briant in 1814


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 1625From 1752From 1814From 1815From 1906From 1947
     1 of 8 Mears & Stainbank
     2 of 8 Mears & Stainbank
    1 of 6 Alfred Bowell3 of 8 Alfred Bowell
   1 of 5 Robert Taylor2 of 6 Robert Taylor4 of 8 Robert Taylor
 2 of 5 Edward Hall  3 of 6 Edward Hall5 of 8 Edward Hall
3 of 5 Robert Atton   4 of 6 Alfred Bowell6 of 8 Alfred Bowell
4 of 5 Robert Atton   5 of 6 Robert Atton7 of 8 Robert Atton
  5 of 5 John Briant 6 of 6 John Briant8 of 8 John Briant