Restored thanks to the property raffle
We are thrilled that our eighteenth-century oak longcase clock is ticking for the first time in 18 months!
Thanks to money from raffle ticket sales here at Coughton, we were able to spend the £5,000 necessary to get our clock back up and running – including extensive repair of the case and a full service of the movement. The clock, by Thomas Torns of Bicester, is not our most glamorous object – but it is a very beloved part of our history and we are delighted to have it back.
You may be wondering why the tissue paper? It is there to protect the mechanism from dust in an area that has a lot of foot traffic along with the usual airborn dust. It prevents dust settlement from the top and also from the convection currents carrying it up from below. To make it even better it is cheap and easily replaceable by the Conservation Team here.It will also allow us to extend the service interval from every 4 or 5 years to at least 7 thus saving even more.
We would like to say a big thank you to all of you that bought raffle tickets which funded the restoration of the clock.