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Posted 8.6.18

'Buy an Hour' - Clock Appeal

'Buy an Hour' - Clock Appeal 

Grafton Maggs and Mike Charles have forms for us to sign up to buy an hour for the Church Clock Appeal.

We think that ours is the oldest municipal clock in the city. It was installed by public subscription and through a generous gift by Mr Francis Tippins in 1875. The 'Buy and hour appeal reaches out to the community for help to restore a popular landmark in the village.

The clock used to be maintained by Swansea City Council and their long serving horologist, David Mitchell. Following major cutbacks the council decided to renege on its commitment to care for the public clocks in buildings in private ownership. In protest, Mr Mitchell famously stopped all the city's clocks at 12noon and made local, national and international news.

Our clock is a very fine example of Victorian engineering. It was made by Leeson and Sons of the Steam Clock Factory in Coleshill, near Birmingham. It is wound by hand, which is quite a workout, and this has to be done once a week. Bernard Hex and Alan Thomas, of the Warriors Working Party, have been our clock winders and we thank them for keeping an eye on it for us.

If you would like to help, by buying or selling a clock face please let Grafton or Mike know. Many thanks.

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