Darlington town clock keeps up with the chimes

The Northern Echo: Matthew Warburton an  Engineer from Smith of Derby fixing Darlington's town clock. Matthew Warburton an Engineer from Smith of Derby fixing Darlington's town clock.

AN historic clock in the centre of a market town is chiming again after undergoing repair work.

Specialist engineers were called in to fix the 1864 clock on Darlington market place after it stopped ringing at the right time.

Its bells of which were made by the same people who made Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament and is one of only four of its type in the country.

Clock repairers, Smiths of Derby were called in after it stopped chiming on the quarter-hour.

Peter Wilson, Darlington Borough Council's Markets Manager, said: "Around about Christmas time, we noticed that the peal on the clock tower was working properly and the bings and the bongs weren't going in sequence properly.

"It's something that the public of Darlington have enjoyed for almost 150 years and it would be nice to have it back." The clock, by Cooke of York, was donated to the town by Joseph Pease and the tower designed by Quaker architect Alfred Waterhouse in 1861.

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1:38pm Thu 7 Apr 11

PC mcgary no452 says...

Almost right there... The quarter bells were cast by John Warner & Sons at the Cripplegate Foundry in London. Big Bens hour bell was cast by Mears & Co in Whitechapel. The ORIGINAL hour bell was cast in Norton nr Stockton by Warners but cracked during testing before it was hung, The Warner cast hour bell in the Town clock weighs 20cwt (one ton) and is the same bell (ie: weight and tone) as the old hour bell from Bank Top Station
Almost right there... The quarter bells were cast by John Warner & Sons at the Cripplegate Foundry in London. Big Bens hour bell was cast by Mears & Co in Whitechapel. The ORIGINAL hour bell was cast in Norton nr Stockton by Warners but cracked during testing before it was hung, The Warner cast hour bell in the Town clock weighs 20cwt (one ton) and is the same bell (ie: weight and tone) as the old hour bell from Bank Top Station PC mcgary no452
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4:56pm Thu 7 Apr 11

chris.mckay says...

Even less right. Cooke of York made over 100 turret clocks.


Chris McKay
Even less right. Cooke of York made over 100 turret clocks. Chris McKay chris.mckay
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5:32pm Thu 7 Apr 11

PC mcgary no452 says...

chris.mckay wrote:
Even less right. Cooke of York made over 100 turret clocks. Chris McKay
Cooke did make many clocks, but the drive train style and design is only one of four ever made... Another snippet of info for you....

When the bells arrived for the town clock, the two lightest bells were in the wrong key. The Preist of St Cuthberts (a keen bell ringer) realised that these two bells would make up an octave if added to the then 6 bells. As a consequence, Joseph Pease donated them to the church and paid for the re-casting of the correct bells for the town clock.

The hour bell of the town clock also has a swinging clapper inside the bell. This was used to manually chime the hour bell to summon the firemen if a fire had been reported.
[quote][p][bold]chris.mckay[/bold] wrote: Even less right. Cooke of York made over 100 turret clocks. Chris McKay[/p][/quote]Cooke did make many clocks, but the drive train style and design is only one of four ever made... Another snippet of info for you.... When the bells arrived for the town clock, the two lightest bells were in the wrong key. The Preist of St Cuthberts (a keen bell ringer) realised that these two bells would make up an octave if added to the then 6 bells. As a consequence, Joseph Pease donated them to the church and paid for the re-casting of the correct bells for the town clock. The hour bell of the town clock also has a swinging clapper inside the bell. This was used to manually chime the hour bell to summon the firemen if a fire had been reported. PC mcgary no452
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