New Clockmaker starts this week

This week we have been joined by our new apprentice clock maker Mike to the team. This week he has assisted Steve with installing a new automatic winding system on a quarter chime clock at Staveley installed in 1865 by John Moore and Sons.
More to follow…

Haselbech Hall, Northamptonshire.

Following our visit, we were asked to supply and install two new clock movements, a clock controller and a Toller unit to enable the striking of the bell. The restoration of the two dials and the restoration of the wind-vane.
The original clock mechanism is made by Bennett of London and was a weight driven flatbed hour strike turret clock.

The copper convex dials were to be removed to restore them. They were checked to see if we can ascertain the original colour of the dials, and from inspecting them, they would have originally been black with gilded chapters, hands, minute marks and outer ring.
The clock hammer was removed, shot blasted and painted with an anti corrosive paint and top coat.

We also installed a new toller unit. This will control the bell hammer and enable it to strike on the hour as the original clock would have.
The wind vane was also restored and the arrow, Vane and cardinal points were gilded with 23 1/2 carat gold leaf.

Brough, Festival of Britain clock, Derbyshire.

During November, Time Assured restored The Brough Festival of Britain Clock back to working order. This historic and iconic local landmark was originally manufactured and installed around 60 years ago. The owners refurbished the dial a little while ago, and they now wanted a working clock rather than a piece static albeit highly decorative sculpture.
The design of the dial is highly influenced by the themes of Ancient Rome and the Festival of Britain.
Surrounding the dial are the letters A N A V I O. This is the old roman name for the village of Brough. The hour hand proudly bears the Roman ‘Aquila’ symbol (Golden Eagle) and the minute hand bears the Roman ‘Signum’ or spear symbol, together with further representations depicting an axe and a shield.
The celebration of the Festival of Britain influence is depicted with a large ‘compass style’ red and white cross with a prominent blue figurehead of Britannia at the top all located inside the numeral perimeter. The mechanism itself is a G & F Cope & Co timepiece with three legged gravity escapement and automatic winding. After refurbishment, it is now ticking away merrily in a busy office much to the delight of its proud and very friendly owners and staff

Epworth Mechanics Institute, Lincolnshire.

The clock movement is an electric synchronous T4 movement manufactured by William Potts and Sons. This drives an approximately 2ft square dial GRP dial with a raised wooden border. The dial is gilded with roman numerals, minute, five-minute marks which are between two perimeter outer rings, hands, and the script ‘EMI’, ‘1837’,’19’,’82’ placed sequentially in the four corners of the dial.

The hands on the clock dial were damaged and are possibly interfering with each other. The gilding was fading, and the perimeter wooden frame was in a poor state and in places pieces were missing. We installed a new clock movement and controller, together with a new GRP dial with a new wooden border, and the original gilding replicated, together with a vandal resistant PETG cover glass.

Tamerton Foliot, St Mary’s Church, Devon.

The clock movement is a J Smith and Son flatbed quarter chime with a date on the set dial of 1897. The clock mechanism drives two 6′-0″ diameter dials. The dials are skeleton cast iron in construction with a copper backing behind the star center, chapters and minute marks.
The copper backing was carefully removed from behind the dials, for re-fitting later. The dials were shot blasted back to bare cast iron then painted with a rust preventative primer, under and top coat.
The Copper backing panels and hands were chemically dipped to remove the old paint and then painted back up to black gloss.
The dials and hands were then gilded with 23 1/2 carat double thick gold leaf.
The dials once re-fitted were sealed to the wall to prevent any water ingress with lime putty.

Thurgarton, St Peter’s Church Nottinghamshire

The clock mechanism in St Peter’s Church is a Bosworth of Nottingham ‘Armchair style’ Hour Strike. It is manually wound and has not been serviced for some time. On arrival at the start of the inspection the Clock was stopped. Our clockmaker started the mechanism and it appeared to work reasonably well. Prior to this, it had not been working for nearly a year. The Clock mechanism needs stripping and cleaning to remove debris and congealed oil.

We were also asked to install Automatic winding units to remove the need for weekly and an Automatic night silencing system