Town Hall Clock

During last years Feel-good Festival, I was lucky enough to get to view the inside of our Town Hall Clock Tower. Whilst taking part in a charity abseil down the side of it, I managed to take some photos during the anguish of waiting my turn.

The original clock, with dials eleven feet in diameter, was enclosed in a cast-iron framework, and the bells were hung in the lower stages of the spire. There were twelve bells which chimed the hours and quarters as at Westminster, and they were furnished with a carillon of fourteen tunes. A fire in 1883 meant the new clock would be slightly less grand.

The clock has been replaced at the same height of 117 feet from the ground, and there are now only five bells which announce the hours and the quarters. But the carillon has not been reinstated.

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