Tick tock.....we're restoring the clock
It's time to restore the clock! After a kind donation from a Wallington supporter, we are now able to start the much wished for restoration of the clock in the clocktower. Scaffolding is going up and the bell and mechanism are coming down, ready for some VIP treatment.
Sir Walter Blackett had designs drawn up for a clocktower to form an entrance to Wallington courtyard in the early 1750s. Designed by a man called Daniel Garrett, the now iconic Wallington clocktower was completed in 1754. It forms a gateway to the property and is a meeting point for thousands of visitors every year, framing the house that lies beyond as you walk up from the North woods.
The clock itself was made by Henry Hindley (1701-1771) of York. He was a clock and watchmaker but he also made other instruments including a screw cutting lathe. He famously, made the turret clock at York Minster.
The bell you see at the top of the clocktower was made in London by Lester and Pack of Whitechapel in 1759 and was hung at Wallington in 1760. You will also see that it is looking a bit sorry for itself and so, over 250 years later, thanks to a very generous donation of £10,000 made by a Wallington supporter, we are able to begin the first of two phases to restore the beautiful and much-loved clock.
The first phase will see the bell and mechanism removed from the tower. The bell will come down on Tuesday 22 May and will head to the Midlands to be restored by specialists Soundweld of Loughborough. The clock mechanism is coming down on Monday 21 May and will be repaired by Keith Scobie-Youngs (FBHI) from the Cumbria Clock Company in Penrith. Visitors are very welcome to come along and see the clock mechanism currently on display in the central hall and during June, Keith will be giving talks to visitors. This phase will take approximately 4 weeks to complete, so the scaffolding currently cuddling the front of the clock tower, will be in place into mid/late June.
The second phase of the clock restoration will see the dial and hands returned to their former glory at a cost of £7500. We have £4500 already and are fundraising for the remaining £3000. If you would like to make contribution towards this, please visit the shop at Wallington itself where you can make a donation at the till. A very big thank you for your support.
We will keep you updated with progress so look for website and social media updates.