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 that resides 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. It has been looking a bit sorry for itself for quite a while now 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 came down on Tuesday 22 May and made the journey to the Midlands where it is being restored by specialists Soundweld of Loughborough. The clock mechanism was then removed and is being repaired by Keith Scobie-Youngs (FBHI) from the Cumbria Clock Company in Penrith. The clock mechanism has been on display in the central hall during most of June, but Keith has now taken it away so the restoration work can begin. The scaffolding currently cuddling the front of the clock tower will be in place until the bell is returned and hung once more in the clocktower.
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 a 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.