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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.

TowerDedicationBellsmp3
Newport PagnellSt Peter & St Paul8

Peals44
Quarters233
Members22

Fastest peal

TimeDate
2h, 54mNovember 19, 1988
2h, 55mJuly 24, 1913

Longest peal(s)

ChangesDate
5184November 23, 1985
5184November 11, 2012
 Plate on Handbell Box
Photo DescriptionPlate on Handbell Box
Approx Date1887
  
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Branch events here:

DateEventNotes
January 2, 2015Call Changes & Plain Hunt 
September 13, 2014Autumn Meeting 
January 3, 2014Call Changes & Plain Hunt 
February 1, 2013Rounds and Call Change Practice 
January 21, 2012Branch Practice 
January 6, 2012Rounds and Call Change PracticeUsing Abel
March 5, 2011AGMNames for tea to Carol Smith MK 616666
April 17, 2010Branch Practice 
May 2, 2009WeddingBells not yet confirmed
April 25, 2009WeddingBells not yet confirmed
12

Peals

Who has circled the tower to peals:

Ringer
B Douglas Hird

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
B Douglas Hird13March 30, 2019
Alan J Marchbank8March 30, 2019
George W Holland7November 19, 1977
Charles W Clarke7February 18, 1939
William A Yates6August 10, 1963
Harry Sear6April 9, 1932
Simon Read5July 20, 2013
Herbert C Edwards5December 26, 1957
Andrew Haseldine5April 9, 2016
Christopher C Stokes5April 9, 2016
123

Bell Frame

Bellframes Type 8.3.C - e
Cast iron "H" castings mounted on beams and braced at the top
Taylor of Loughborough 1889-1893 (wooden beams with wooden top bracing), 1893 (fabricated beams), 1894 (cast iron beams), and 1892 to date (girders)
Gillett & Johnston of Croydon 1907-1955
James Barwell of Birmingham 1910-1915
Mears & Stainbank (Whitechapel) c1920-1935
James Grove of Birmingham 1923

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

The bells now

 Documented NoteDocumented Note SourceRecorded NoteWeightDiameterCast by
1D#Weight BoardFlat of D#/Eb by 6 cents5 - 0 - 528⅝Gillett & Johnston in 1911
2DWeight BoardFlat of D by 19 cents4 - 3 - 2629Gillett & Johnston in 1911
3CWeight BoardFlat of C by 20 cents5 - 2 - 2631¼Gillett & Johnston in 1911
4A#Weight BoardFlat of A#/Bb by 7 cents6 - 3 - 1233½Gillett & Johnston in 1911
5G#Weight BoardFlat of G#/Ab by 9 cents8 - 3 - 637Gillett & Johnston in 1911
6GWeight BoardFlat of G by 12 cents10 - 0 - 539Gillett & Johnston in 1911
7FWeight BoardFlat of F by 4 cents14 - 3 - 444Gillett & Johnston in 1911
8D#Weight BoardFlat of D#/Eb by 6 cents21 - 2 - 1649Gillett & Johnston in 1911
Flat 2ndC#Weight BoardSharp of C#/Db by 3 cents5 - 1 - 1630Gillett & Johnston in 1911

Tuning

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.
BellTuning
110
2-10
3-17
44
5-1
6-9
76
80
Flat 2nd23

History of bells in this tower:

From 1749From 1769From 1816From 1819From 1887From 1911
1 of 8 Thomas Lester    1 of 8 Gillett & Johnston
2 of 8 Thomas Lester    2 of 8 Gillett & Johnston
    2.5 of 8 Gillett & Co2.5 of 8 Gillett & Johnston
3 of 8 Thomas Lester3 of 8 Lester & Pack   3 of 8 Gillett & Johnston
4 of 8 Thomas Lester    4 of 8 Gillett & Johnston
5 of 8 Thomas Lester    5 of 8 Gillett & Johnston
6 of 8 Thomas Lester    6 of 8 Gillett & Johnston
7 of 8 Thomas Lester 7 of 8 Thomas II Mears  7 of 8 Gillett & Johnston
8 of 8 Thomas Lester  8 of 8 Thomas II Mears 8 of 8 Gillett & Johnston