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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.

PadburySt Mary6


Fastest peal

2h, 35mSeptember 30, 2006
2h, 35mJanuary 20, 1961

Longest peal(s)

 Padbury Church
Photo DescriptionPadbury Church
Approx Date2011

Branch events here:

October 18, 2014Branch Practice 
June 16, 2012Summer Social and Striking competition 
September 12, 2009Autumn Meeting 
May 19, 2006Branch PracticeSpecial Method: Kent TB Minor


Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
William A Yates7March 27, 1993
George W Holland6November 18, 1989
Frederick Vickers5October 21, 1963
Raymond A Vickers3July 1, 2011
James Linnell3October 21, 1963
Ruth Stokes3July 1, 2011
Barry R Eglesfield2September 30, 2006
Frederick C Case2November 11, 1950
Charles E Truman2October 21, 1963
David Burbridge1February 10, 1962

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
1F Flat of F by 2 cents - - 28John Briant in 1806
2D# Flat of D#/Eb by 3 cents - - 28¾John Briant in 1806
3C# Sharp of C#/Db by 21 cents - - 30¾John Briant in 1806
4B Sharp of C by 16 cents - - 32John Briant in 1806
5A# Sharp of A#/Bb by 8 cents - - 34John Briant in 1806
6AbDoveSharp of G#/Ab by 5 cents10 - 2 - 038John Briant in 1806


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 1716From 1806
1 of 6 Henry III Bagley1 of 6 John Briant
2 of 6 Henry III Bagley2 of 6 John Briant
3 of 6 Henry III Bagley3 of 6 John Briant
4 of 6 Henry III Bagley4 of 6 John Briant
5 of 6 Henry III Bagley5 of 6 John Briant
6 of 6 Henry III Bagley6 of 6 John Briant