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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:

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.

TowerDedicationBellsmp3
WavendonThe Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary6

Peals10
Quarters36
Members9

Fastest peal

TimeDate
2h, 30mApril 23, 1977
2h, 30mFebruary 7, 1981
2h, 30mSeptember 4, 1979

Longest peal(s)

 An action photo taken in 1952 and showing the lowering of the bells (5) for recasting into six by Whites of Appleton. This was at the Church of the Assumption, Wavendon. The Cleric is the late Canon Charles Elliot Wigg who was rector there from 1948.
This actually looks more like the installation of the new ring of six.
Photo DescriptionAn action photo taken in 1952 and showing the lowering of the bells (5) for recasting into six by Whites of Appleton. This was at the Church of the Assumption, Wavendon. The Cleric is the late Canon Charles Elliot Wigg who was rector there from 1948. This actually looks more like the installation of the new ring of six.
Approx Date1952
  
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Branch events here:

DateEventNotes
June 18, 2016Summer Social & Striking Competition 
June 5, 2015Call Changes & Plain Hunt 
May 24, 2014Branch Practice 
September 29, 2012Half Yearly Meeting 
October 19, 2007Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Allendale Surprise Minor
April 23, 2004Beginners Striking Competition 
June 15, 2001Branch PracticeFocus on Rounds and Call Changes

Peals

Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Andrew Haseldine5November 21, 2008
Malcolm G Hooton3August 18, 1973
Richard Haseldine3November 21, 2008
Barry R Eglesfield2April 23, 1977
C Elliot Wigg2August 18, 1973
Lawrence C Bignell2April 23, 1977
Julie A Haseldine2November 21, 2008
Geoffrey J Tyler2April 23, 1977
Michael R Spencer2May 23, 1981
Clifford W East1August 18, 1973
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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  Flat of G by 43 cents3 - 2 - 1025¾M & S in 1952
2  Sharp of D#/Eb by 14 cents4 - 1 - 2227¾M & S in 1952
3  Sharp of C#/Db by 7 cents4 - 3 - 1029¾M & S in 1952
4  Sharp of C by 2 cents5 - 2 - 1231M & S in 1952
5  Sharp of A#/Bb by 12 cents7 - 0 - 2034M & S in 1952
6AbDoveSharp of G#/Ab by 6 cents8 - 3 - 537M & S in 1952

Tuning

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.
BellTuning
1139
27
3-2
4-11
58
60

History of bells in this tower:

From 1616From 1705From 1792From 1815From 1952
    1 of 6 Mears & Stainbank
1 of 5 Newcombe (generic)   2 of 6 Mears & Stainbank
  2 of 5 Edward Arnold 3 of 6 Mears & Stainbank
 3 of 5 Richard III Chandler  4 of 6 Mears & Stainbank
   4 of 5 John Briant5 of 6 Mears & Stainbank
 5 of 5 Richard III Chandler  6 of 6 Mears & Stainbank