This clock mechanism was crafted in 1614, making it one of the oldest church clocks in England. It originally only had an hour hand; the minute hand was added in the early 1700’s. It is still in excellent working order, thanks to the attention of our village clock maker.
In 1728 the church authorities were charged 18 shillings for mending the Chimes and the cleaning of them, which is 90p in today’s money.
On 20th October 1762 it obviously needed much greater works. “To put the Church Clock and Chimes in good repair and set the chimes to the eight bells to play three different tunes for the sum of £45 and Warrant the same for seven years.”
In 1780 a bell rope needed to be replaced for which the Parish was charged the princely sum of 6/-
In June 1911 Gillett and Johnston, bell founders and clock makers of Croydon, were commissioned by parishioners as follows. To recast all the bells, tune on the Five Tone Simpson Principal and re-hang in a steel frame.
In 1968 the clock was cleaned & overhauled by Thwaite & Reed of London and an electric motor was installed that automated the arduous daily task of hand winding the clock, this was achieved without any alteration to its workings.