Harry Sear's band Astwood's bell frame Bletchley's bells in the churchyard Old Bradwell band Calverton's old church Thornborough re-hang Olney's bells Astwood church in the snow Downs Barn installation Newport sub-web
North Bucks Branch Archive Project

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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

Weston UnderwoodSt Laurence6


Fastest peal

2h, 32mApril 24, 1920
2h, 40mApril 9, 1960
2h, 40mOctober 26, 1946

Longest peal(s)

 Yet another Alfred Bowell installation. A very enjoyable ring that deserve to be rung more often.
Photo DescriptionYet another Alfred Bowell installation. A very enjoyable ring that deserve to be rung more often.
Approx Date1990

At the Branch Officers' Meeting on 20th August, final arrangements for the September Half Yearly Meeting at Weston Underwood were discussed. As Helen is making arrangements and taking names for tea, it was agreed that she should also coordinate the officers' efforts to provide sandwiches etc.

The project to improve Maids Moreton bells was discussed in light of costs now being higher than originally anticipated. The officers felt that, as a grant of £100 had been provisionally offered, the membership at the meeting might want to increase that figure but that the officers would feel uncomfortable recommending anything higher than £200.

It was decided to put back the proposed maintenance course until the end of March 2007 to give more time to publicise and organise it.


Branch events here:

April 10, 2015Call Changes & Plain Hunt 
October 13, 2012Branch Practice 
September 9, 2006Autumn Meeting 
June 18, 2004Branch 6 Bell Striking Competition 
November 16, 2001Branch PracticeDouble Oxford Bob Minor
February 18, 2000Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Little Bob Minor


Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Reginald H Howson2September 18, 1948
Victor S Adams2September 18, 1948
Timothy A Wooding2January 15, 1983
Arthur R Armstrong2September 18, 1948
Edith Sharp2September 18, 1948
Frederick W Mynard1October 26, 1946
Frederick J Mynard1April 24, 1920
Ernest G Mynard1April 24, 1920
Eric Billings1April 9, 1960
Edwin S Mynard1April 24, 1920

Bell Frame

Bellframes Type 8.1.C - a
Double "X" braced frame
Day of Eye 1886
James Shaw of Bradford 1892
Whites of Appleton 1900-1910 (?)
Mears & Stainbank 1906-1910
Bowell of Ipswich 1908-1939

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 F by 10 cents - - 26¼Henry Bagley in 1687
2  Flat of D#/Eb by 22 cents - - 27⅞Henry Bagley in 1687
3  Flat of C#/Db by 22 cents - - 29Henry Bagley in 1687
4  Flat of C by 2 cents - - 31¾Henry Bagley in 1687
5  Flat of A#/Bb by 6 cents - - 35Henry Bagley in 1687
6G#DoveFlat of G#/Ab by 1 cents9 - 3 - 138Alfred Bowell in 1914


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 1687From 1779From 1914
1 of 6 Matthew I & Henry II Bagley  
2 of 6 Matthew I & Henry II Bagley  
3 of 6 Henry II Bagley  
4 of 6 Matthew I Bagley  
5 of 6 Matthew I Bagley  
6 of 6 Matthew I & Henry II Bagley6 of 6 William Emerton6 of 6 Alfred Bowell