Bells rung

The bells rung page allows you to find out more about where in the circle you, or someone else, typically ring. You must supply the name of the ringer you’re searching for; all other fields are optional. If you restrict it to a single tower, then you can find out whether you’ve circled the tower.

This statistical analysis is done based on comparing the names you supply with that in our database. If your name is John Q Smith and you search for that, then any performances in which you are simply recorded as John Smith will not show up. Conversely, if you search for John Smith then both your own performances and those of, say, John X Smith will be included.


The results are presented in a table, with the number of bell the person rang listed down the left, and the total number of bells across the top. The number shown in each cell is the number of performances that person rang. Cells containing a are impossible values: for example, you cannot have rung the 7th to a quarter peal on 6 bells. (A quarter of covered minor will show up as a seven-bell performance.)

At the right of the main table is a second table showing the bells, counting from the back. This makes it easy to spot if you frequently ring n − 1, irrespective of the number of bells. For example, if your local tower has eight bells, and you sometimes ring quarters on all eight and sometimes on the back six, this will show you whether you’ve circled the tower. Unfortunately, BellBoard cannot currently determine whether you rang the front or the back six (or indeed, some other combination of bells).

Each cell of the tables contains a link to a list of the matching performance allowing you to find out more about the performances.