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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.

Stony StratfordSt Giles8


Fastest peal

2h, 36mAugust 26, 1989
2h, 40mJanuary 20, 1973

Longest peal(s)

 From The Ringing World 6 July 1951
Photo DescriptionFrom The Ringing World 6 July 1951
Approx Date1882
 GREAT PAUL. - To enable readers to compare the respective size and shape of Great George with Great Paul of St. Paul's Cathedral, we are privileged through the permission of Mr. S. F. Markham to publish a picture of this famous bell taken on its journey from the foundry at Loughborough to London in 1882. Great Paul is the heaviest bell in the United Kingdom and weighs 16 tons 14 cwt. 2qr. 19 lb. On its journey to London the trolley conveying it was stuck in the mud three days. Great George is the second heaviest bell in this country.

Branch events here:

December 19, 2015Branch Practice & Xmas Social 
July 12, 2014Joint Striking competition 
November 1, 2013Call Changes and Plain Hunt Practice 
May 18, 2013Branch Surprise PracticeIt is anticipated that we will ring Cambridge and Yorkshire Major and as many others of the standard eight surprise major methods as possible.
November 4, 2011Rounds and Call Change Practice 
May 14, 2011Branch Practice 
January 19, 2007Branch PracticeSpecial method: Bristol S Major & Stedman Triples
November 19, 2004Branch Practice 
January 17, 2003Branch PracticeBelfast S Major
November 17, 2000Branch PracticeYorkshire S Major


Who has circled the tower to peals:

Andrew Haseldine
Malcolm G Hooton

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Andrew Haseldine36February 22, 2020
Julie A Haseldine28February 22, 2020
Richard Haseldine28November 14, 2017
Christopher C Stokes22February 17, 2018
Thomas C Tompkins19December 21, 1935
Ruth Stokes19February 22, 2020
Edwin A Yates17May 26, 1932
Malcolm G Hooton17November 27, 2001
George E Green16January 18, 2003
Herbert C Edwards15October 13, 1956

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 F by 23 cents3 - 3 - 1825⅞Taylor in 1923
2  Flat of E by 27 cents4 - 1 - 1427½Taylor in 1923
3  Flat of D by 23 cents5 - 0 - 1230Taylor Oxford in 1838
4  Flat of C by 19 cents4 - 3 - 1030¾Taylor Oxford in 1838
5  Flat of A#/Bb by 18 cents5 - 3 - 2633¼Taylor Oxford in 1838
6  Flat of A by 18 cents7 - 0 - 1535⅝Taylor Oxford in 1838
7  Flat of G by 14 cents8 - 0 - 2738¼Taylor Oxford in 1838
8GDoveFlat of F by 12 cents12 - 1 - 1642Taylor Oxford in 1838


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 1837From 1923
 1 of 8 John Taylor & Co
 2 of 8 John Taylor & Co
1 of 6 W & J Taylor3 of 8 W & J Taylor
2 of 6 W & J Taylor4 of 8 W & J Taylor
3 of 6 W & J Taylor5 of 8 W & J Taylor
4 of 6 W & J Taylor6 of 8 W & J Taylor
5 of 6 W & J Taylor7 of 8 W & J Taylor
6 of 6 W & J Taylor8 of 8 W & J Taylor