Mini-Ring Directory

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The directory describes all the known mini-rings (except where the owner has opted out). It includes both portable and non-portable rings, rings no longer in existence and 'rings' of dumb-bells.

For more information about any of them either follow the associated link or e-mail me.


We are pleased to report two new mini-rings currently under construction. One is a ring of six Higby bells destined for Buckfastleigh, Devon and the other is an anti-clockwise, portable five that will be based in Abingdon.

The bells from the Bicycle Ring On Tour are now in storage. The fittings have been reused for a set of hemispherical bells, the first such ring to be hung for full-circle ringing, and known as the Bicycle Ring On Tour V2.

The Corridor Ring, Brockenhurst has been augmented to eight.

Bishops-Ting-Tong has temporarily moved back to its original home, Kings-Ting-Tong. It is anticipated that the ring will be returning to Bishops-Ting-Tong within the next year or so.

The project has been abandoned to convert the former portable Waterloo Tower ring into Frog-le-Tower, Shepton Mallet. Instead, the bells have been provided with all new fittings and now answer to the name 'Brian'.

After many years in storage, the ceramic bells at Overton, Hants, one of the earliest such rings, have been rehung at a new location, also in Overton.

The dumb-bell ring at More House School, Frensham is currently in storage and under new ownership. We hope to report in due course that they have been installed at a new location.

The bells at Church View, Little Dewchurch are currently unavailable; work is under way to improve their clappering.


Rings of three or more bells are included. The number of bells in the diatonic ring is shown together with the number of semitones (in parenthesis), where applicable.

Roughly speaking, the criteria for inclusion are either that the ring is in private ownership with a tenor weight of around 2.5 cwt or less, or that the ring is in public ownership with a tenor weight of around 1 cwt or less.

All dumb-bell rings are included regardless of 'weight'.

italics: Unringable or otherwise unavailable
1: Ceramic bells
2: Hemispherical bells
3: Steel bells
4: Fixed ring also portable
5: Fixed ring also partly portable
6: Freestanding ring (not portable)
7: Under construction
8: In Transit

The TowerBase identifier (TB Id) assists with looking up the correct mini-ring in TowerBase or Felstead.

Links are provided between a ring and its previous instance (if any) within this directory.

Various rings that are still at the planning stage are not listed, and neither are scale models.


Thanks to everyone who has helped me to keep this directory up-to-date. Tim Jackson collates all the information and updates each page so must take all the credit for what has now become a comprehensive resource. Please e-mail me with any further additions or corrections.

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Copyright © 2016 Michael A Williams. All rights reserved. 30.06.2016