TM3174 : Cratfield church clock

taken 1 year ago, near to Cratfield, Suffolk, Great Britain

Cratfield church clock
Cratfield church clock
This ancient mechanism was formerly installed in the lower stages of the tower of St Mary's Church, enclosed in an ancient oak case which may have belonged to a pre-Reformation organ, and was still working into the 1960s.

The attached notice tells us that "The design and construction of the Church Clock suggests that it dates from the first quarter of the 18th century, but no date or maker's name is inscribed. If this estimate is correct the clock was made only about fifty years after the first adaptation of the pendulum to timekeeping and probably not more than twenty years after the first tower clock to have a pendulum.

"The clock is of wrought iron construction and has one or two features, notably the mainwheel ratchetwork operating in the arms of the wheels, which [are] a throwback to ancient turret clock practice. The pendulum beat every 1 seconds when the clock was working and power was supplied by weights hanging on hemp ropes. The small bell fixed on the clock movement itself to duplicate the striking of the large bell in the tower is an unusual if not unique feature."

The large bell was originally in a cupola on top of the tower, above the chamber containing the six bells for change ringing. Probably the church's sacring or Sanctus bell, it was dated by Munro Cautley to around 1400 and is inscribed "Virginis egregie vocor campana Marie - prey [sic] for the sole [sic] of William Aleys". The cupola was dismantled when the clock was taken out of service and is now preserved in the vestry.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 27 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 29 May, 2017
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3137 7482 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:19.3604N 1:23.6218E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3137 7482
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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