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North Bucks Branch Archive Project

Main Branch site:

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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:

Corrections to analysis of bell harmonics at Wavendon and Great Linford - June 2022

SimpsonSt Thomas the Apostle6


Fastest peal

2h, 30mNovember 9, 1907
2h, 37mAugust 8, 1933

Longest peal(s)

 A slender central tower balancing on four corners. Take a look at the church roof on the way to the ringing room.
Photo DescriptionA slender central tower balancing on four corners. Take a look at the church roof on the way to the ringing room.
Approx Date1990

Branch events here:

July 16, 2004Branch Practice 
March 15, 2002Branch PracticeFocus on Rounds and Call Changes


Who has circled the tower to peals:

Albert Fleet
Charles W Smith

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Charles W Smith13May 20, 1936
Edmund J Hobbs7May 20, 1936
Albert Fleet6March 25, 1933
Horace H Smith6March 25, 1933
Sidney Foskett4October 22, 1932
W J Goodman3November 9, 1907
A Edward Hanks3March 25, 1933
Richard Nichols3May 4, 1919
William E Coles3May 30, 1931
Horace P Giles3May 20, 1936

Bell Frame

Bellframes Type 8.1.A - a
Steel beams or girders as frames, resting direct in masonry

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 F#/Gb by 26 cents - - 24⅝Alfred Bowell in 1926
2  Flat of E by 31 cents - - 27½Taylor in 1895
3  Sharp of C#/Db by 22 cents - - 28Anthony Chandler in 1650
4  Flat of C#/Db by 29 cents - - 31¼Taylor in 1896
5  Flat of B by 23 cents - - 33¼Bartholomew Atton in 1604
6AbDoveFlat of A by 21 cents7 - 1 - 736James Keene in 1630


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 1604From 1630From 1650From 1694From 1895From 1896From 1926
      1 of 6 Alfred Bowell
    1 of 5 John Taylor & Co 2 of 6 John Taylor & Co
  1 of 4 Anthony Chandler 2 of 5 Anthony Chandler 3 of 6 Anthony Chandler
   2 of 4 Richard III Chandler3 of 5 Richard III Chandler3 of 5 John Taylor & Co4 of 6 John Taylor & Co
3 of 4 Bartholomew Atton   4 of 5 Bartholomew Atton 5 of 6 Bartholomew Atton
 4 of 4 James Keene    6 of 6 James Keene