Clock
Clock face - and bullet hole

Clock

The earliest reference to a clock in the Church Tower dates back to 1738. Mr Pile was paid 5/- to clean the clock annually and keep it in good condition, and there are also records in 1753 of his being paid to maintain chimes every quarter hour and for three minutes every four hours.

These mechanisms have not been played for decades, and are waiting for someone to repair them. Bellringer Alan Miller left money in the 1980s for his hope of reinstating the quarter chimes on the clock, but this was not met with much general approval by the village community!   Today the clock strikes only every hour, on the Tenor Bell, and a monthly rota of volunteers winds the church clock and adjusts the time.

The position of an old clock can still be seen in the stonework on the east side of the Tower.

The clock you see today was installed by William Potts and Son of Leeds in 1891. Oliver Tedbury presented the new clock face, with the Parish contributing £5. As both a Churchwarden and the Miller, Mr Tedbury found that he could not see the clock face whilst working at the mill, as the clock was facing East, so it was re-positioned facing North for his benefit.

The clock has a pinwheel escapement.

There is also an ancient (probably early 18th C.) field-gate frame Quarter-clock. Presumably, this drove the chimes before the current clock was fitted and had a dial provided.

 

If you look very closely at the 7 o’clock mark on the clock face you may be able to see a small hole. This is thought to be from soldier firing a rifle, perhaps at attacking German planes, during the Second World War!