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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.

BeachamptonThe Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary5


Fastest peal

2h, 28mFebruary 26, 1989
2h, 35mJanuary 5, 2007
2h, 35mOctober 4, 1913
2h, 35mMay 7, 1913

Longest peal(s)

 Weight Board
Photo DescriptionWeight Board
Approx Date1912

Branch events here:

August 11, 2012Branch Practice 
May 21, 2004Branch Practice 
July 21, 2000Branch PracticeSpecial Methods: Smithfield and Undershaft


Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Dennis Carter3October 4, 1913
Charles N Alderman2October 4, 1913
Julie A Haseldine2May 5, 2012
Leonard A Smith2January 18, 1913
A J Alderman2October 4, 1913
Christopher C Stokes2May 5, 2012
Barry R Eglesfield2January 5, 2007
Andrew Haseldine2May 5, 2012
Alan J Marchbank2January 5, 2007
Ruth Stokes2May 5, 2012

Bell Frame

Bellframes Type 8.3.A - m
As used by
Gillett & Johnston of Croydon c1910-1955
James Groves of Birmingham 1920-1923
Eayre & Smith 1978 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
Sanctus  Flat of D#/Eb by 37 cents - - 15M & S in 1895
1D#Weight BoardSharp of D#/Eb by 2 cents3 - 1 - 325½Gillett & Johnston in 1912
2C#Weight BoardSharp of C#/Db by 9 cents3 - 3 - 727½Gillett & Johnston in 1912
3CWeight BoardExactly C4 - 1 - 1929¼Gillett & Johnston in 1912
4A#Weight BoardSharp of A#/Bb by 7 cents5 - 3 - 632Gillett & Johnston in 1912
5G#Weight BoardSharp of G#/Ab by 5 cents8 - 0 - 2736Gillett & Johnston in 1912


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 1633From 1695From 1912
 Sanctus of Richard III Chandler 
  1 of 5 Gillett & Johnston
  2 of 5 Gillett & Johnston
1 of 3 Johanna Sturdy 3 of 5 Gillett & Johnston
2 of 3 William Rufford 4 of 5 Gillett & Johnston
3 of 3 Robert Atton 5 of 5 Gillett & Johnston