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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.

StoweThe Assumption of St Mary the Virgin6


Fastest peal

2h, 38mSeptember 4, 1997
2h, 43mDecember 31, 1965

Longest peal(s)

 The bells on display at a local show
Photo DescriptionThe bells on display at a local show
Approx Date1950

Branch events here:

June 19, 2010Summer Social and 6-bell striking competition 
April 20, 2007Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Double Court Bob Minor
May 18, 2001Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Kent Treble Bob Minor
September 17, 1999Branch 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
Raymond A Vickers9December 31, 2005
Andrew Haseldine6December 31, 2005
Charles E Truman6August 25, 2001
Julie A Haseldine6December 31, 2005
James A Haseldine5August 23, 2003
Richard W Yates5December 31, 2005
William A Yates5April 11, 1996
Stanley M Ruddlesden4July 18, 2000
Richard S Stanworth4April 16, 2001
George E Green3August 5, 1995

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
1  Sharp of D by 34 cents4 - 0 - 328Taylor in 1988
2  Flat of C#/Db by 29 cents - - 30James Keene in 1654
3  Flat of B by 28 cents - - 32½R Keene in 1660
3  Sharp of A#/Bb by 28 cents - - 32½R Keene in 1660
4  Sharp of A by 14 cents - - 35James Keene in 1654
5  Sharp of G by 13 cents - - 37¼James Keene in 1654
6FDoveSharp of F by 10 cents10 - 3 - 2339½James Keene in 1665


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 1654From 1660From 1665From 1988
   1 of 6 John Taylor & Co (Bellfounders) Ltd
1 of 5 James Keene  2 of 6 James Keene
2 of 5 James Keene2 of 5 Richard Keene 3 of 6 Richard Keene
3 of 5 James Keene  4 of 6 James Keene
4 of 5 James Keene  5 of 6 James Keene
5 of 5 James Keene 5 of 5 Richard Keene6 of 6 Richard Keene