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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.

Stoke GoldingtonSt Peter6


Fastest peal

2h, 40mJune 29, 1963
2h, 42mJune 24, 1971

Longest peal(s)

 The bells with villagers
Photo DescriptionThe bells with villagers
Approx Date1940

Branch events here:

May 12, 2012Branch Practice 
December 2, 2011Rounds and Call Change Practice 
June 20, 2008Branch 6-bell Striking Competition 
July 15, 2005Branch Practice 
June 1, 2003Quarterly Meeting 
July 19, 2002Branch PracticeKent & Oxford TB
June 16, 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
P David Taylor4December 4, 1982
B Douglas Hird3December 4, 1982
Timothy A Wooding3December 4, 1982
John R Mayne2May 30, 1996
Malcolm G Hooton2August 9, 1975
Denis G Pearson1January 13, 1979
Joyce Clarke1August 29, 1970
Joshua J Partridge1December 3, 1932
John F Murray1June 20, 1981
Jill E Reeves1June 20, 1981

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
1DWeight BoardFlat of D by 18 cents5 - 7 - 230M & S in 1952
2CWeight BoardSharp of C by 12 cents6 - 0 - 032¼Penn in 1707
3BbWeight BoardSharp of A#/Bb by 2 cents7 - 2 - 634¼Robert Atton in 1625
4AWeight BoardFlat of A by 2 cents8 - 2 - 036½Robert Atton in 1625
5GWeight BoardSharp of G by 4 cents12 - 1 - 040½Robert Atton in 1625
6FWeight BoardFlat of F by 4 cents13 - 1 - 2243M & S in 1952


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 1625From 1707From 1952
  1 of 6 Mears & Stainbank
 1 of 5 Henry Penn2 of 6 Henry Penn
1 of 4 Robert Atton2 of 5 Robert Atton3 of 6 Robert Atton
2 of 4 Robert Atton3 of 5 Robert Atton4 of 6 Robert Atton
3 of 4 Robert Atton4 of 5 Robert Atton5 of 6 Robert Atton
4 of 4 Robert Atton5 of 5 Robert Atton6 of 6 Mears & Stainbank