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

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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.

LavendonSt Michael & All Angels6


Fastest peal

2h, 55mJuly 17, 1920
2h, 56mApril 5, 2002

Longest peal(s)

5040April 5, 2002
5040July 17, 1920
 Ringers at the dedication.
Photo DescriptionRingers at the dedication.
Approx Date1975
 Lavendon church bells rang out for the first time in 18 years on Saturday. The bells have been silent since 1957, and it is only in the past year that villagers have raised enough money to do something about them. The five bells were taken away at the beginning of this year and were renovated and put back - with an additional one to make the number up to six - for a dedication service on Saturday. The bells were dedicated by the rector, the Rev. W. E. Douthwaite, and a packed congregation heard the bells ring out before and after the service. The long wait since the bells were last rung has meant there is a shortage of experienced bellringers in the village. But as our picture shows, there were plenty of visiting bellringers, and many willing helpers, keen to learn all they can about the art.

Branch events here:

August 21, 2010Branch Practice 
April 18, 2008Branch Practice 
April 5, 2002Beginners Striking Competition 
June 3, 2000Striking Competition and Quarterly Meeting 


Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
William Stock1July 17, 1920
Peter Tribble1April 5, 2002
Herbert Robinson1July 17, 1920
Henry W Gayton1July 17, 1920
Henry Stapleton1July 17, 1920
Gareth Grayson1April 5, 2002
Edith M Robinson1April 5, 2002
Christina Tribble1April 5, 2002
Charles Cockings1July 17, 1920
Barry R Eglesfield1April 5, 2002

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

 Documented NoteDocumented Note SourceRecorded NoteWeightDiameterCast by
1  Sharp of E by 13 cents3 - 2 - 2226Taylor in 1974
2  Sharp of D by 15 cents4 - 2 - 1128Alexander Rigby in 1689
3  Sharp of C by 4 cents5 - 0 - 929¼Alexander Rigby in 1689
4  Sharp of B by 8 cents6 - 1 - 331¾Alexander Rigby in 1689
5  Sharp of A by 8 cents7 - 1 - 634Taylor in 1974
6GDoveSharp of G by 8 cents10 - 3 - 339Alexander Rigby in 1689


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 1689From 1829From 1974
  1 of 6 John Taylor & Co
1 of 5 Alexander Rigby 2 of 6 Alexander Rigby
2 of 5 Alexander Rigby 3 of 6 Alexander Rigby
3 of 5 Alexander Rigby 4 of 6 Alexander Rigby
4 of 5 Alexander Rigby4 of 5 Robert Taylor & Sons5 of 6 John Taylor & Co
5 of 5 Alexander Rigby 6 of 6 Alexander Rigby