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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.

Old BradwellSt Lawrence6


Fastest peal

2h, 26mSeptember 20, 1994
2h, 29mJuly 1, 1939

Longest peal(s)

 The new 4th is hung
Photo DescriptionThe new 4th is hung
Approx Date1981

Branch events here:

September 26, 2015Half Yearly Meeting 
May 1, 2015Call Changes & Plain Hunt 
June 8, 2013Summer Social and Striking Competition 
May 22, 2010Branch PracticeNote 4th Saturday
December 15, 2007Christmas CelebrationBring your own drinks - no alcohol!
March 4, 2006AGM 
December 6, 2003Quarterly Meeting 
April 20, 2001Branch PracticeSpecial Method: London Surprise Minor


Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
William J French8October 21, 1949
Alexander Coley8February 6, 1932
Thomas C Walters8August 10, 1948
Edward Whitlock7February 14, 1931
Archie J Lathall6October 21, 1949
Charles G Alderman5February 1, 1936
J Edward Whitlock4August 10, 1948
David C Ockwell3January 25, 1987
Martin R Petchey3January 25, 1987
David J Maybrey3January 25, 1987

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#/Gb by 26 cents2 - 2 - 2424Michael de Wymbis in 1310
2  Flat of E by 23 cents3 - 0 - 2525⅛Michael de Wymbis in 1310
3  Sharp of D by 8 cents4 - 1 - 2227⅝Alfred Bowell in 1909
4  Sharp of C#/Db by 11 cents4 - 2 - 2029¼M & S in 1981
5  Sharp of B by 18 cents6 - 1 - 2232 9/16Alfred Bowell in 1909
6A#DoveSharp of A by 11 cents7 - 1 - 1624½Alfred Bowell in 1909


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 1700From 1909From 1981
1 of 4 Michael de Wymbish1 of 6 Michael de Wymbish 
2 of 4 Michael de Wymbish2 of 6 Michael de Wymbish 
3 of 4 Richard III Chandler3 of 6 Alfred Bowell 
4 of 4 London ('Balcombe shield')4 of 6 London ('Balcombe shield')4 of 6 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd
 5 of 6 Alfred Bowell 
 6 of 6 Alfred Bowell