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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.

North CrawleySt Firmin6


Fastest peal

2h, 36mSeptember 28, 1984
2h, 44mMarch 19, 1983

Longest peal(s)

 Tower with spire
Photo DescriptionTower with spire
Approx Date1900

Branch events here:

April 26, 2014Branch Practice 
May 18, 2007Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Norfolk Surprise Minor
February 16, 2001Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Surfleet Surprise


Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Kevin M Price2September 28, 1984
Frederick J Mynard2June 24, 1911
Charles W Clarke1June 24, 1911
E E Mynard1November 23, 1907
Eric T Lane1September 28, 1984
Ernest G Mynard1November 23, 1907
Frank Tysoe1November 23, 1929
George White1November 23, 1929
Harry Sear1June 24, 1911
Henry W Gayton1June 24, 1911

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  Flat of D by 3 cents - - 30¼Alfred Bowell in 1907
2  Exactly C - - 33¼James Keene in 1638
3  Flat of A#/Bb by 22 cents - - 31¾Alfred Bowell in 1907
4  Sharp of G#/Ab by 23 cents - - 36½Anthony Chandler in 1652
5  Sharp of F#/Gb by 20 cents - - 38T Mears in 1824
6F#DoveFlat of F by 16 cents12 - 0 - 042M & S in 1948


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 1613From 1638From 1652From 1813From 1824From 1907From 1948
     1 of 6 Alfred Bowell 
 1 of 5 James Keene     
   2 of 5 Thomas II Mears 3 of 6 Thomas II Mears 
  3 of 5 Anthony Chandler  4 of 6 Anthony Chandler 
5 of 5 Newcombe (generic)   4 of 5 Thomas II Mears  
     6 of 6 Alfred Bowell6 of 6 Mears & Stainbank