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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.

LoughtonAll Saints6


Fastest peal

2h, 35mFebruary 5, 1983
2h, 38mJanuary 25, 2020

Longest peal(s)

 Pleasantly re-decorated inside and a ring of bells with more archaeological interest than many.
Photo DescriptionPleasantly re-decorated inside and a ring of bells with more archaeological interest than many.
Approx Date1990

Branch events here:

October 4, 2013Call Changes and Plain Hunt Practice 
July 6, 2012Rounds and Call Change Practice 
April 17, 2009Branch Practice 
August 19, 2005Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Grandsire Doubles
July 18, 2003Branch Practice 
September 15, 2000Branch PracticeFocus on Rounds and Call Changes


Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Derek Stainsby2March 13, 1992
Barry R Eglesfield2February 6, 1971
Thomas C Tompkins2October 6, 1928
Ronald J Snack2March 13, 1992
Eric Edmondson1February 5, 1983
Claire Reading1July 14, 2018
David E Rothera1March 26, 1966
Douglas S Vale1January 25, 2020
Christopher C Stokes1July 14, 2018
Edwin A Yates1November 27, 1909

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
Old TrebleEWavanalFlat of E by 1 cents4 - 0 - 2127¼Alfred Bowell in 1908


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 1590From 1631From 1637From 1902From 1908From 2018
    1 of 6 Alfred Bowell1 of 6 Westley Group
   1 of 5 John Taylor & Co2 of 6 John Taylor & Co 
 1 of 4 Robert Atton 2 of 5 John Taylor & Co3 of 6 John Taylor & Co 
  2 of 4 Henry Jordan3 of 5 Henry Jordan4 of 6 Henry Jordan 
  3 of 4 Henry Jordan4 of 5 Henry Jordan5 of 6 Henry Jordan 
4 of 4 Bartholomew Atton  5 of 5 Bartholomew Atton6 of 6 Bartholomew Atton6 of 6 Westley Group