Friday, 29 May 2009

Cartmel Priory

Cartmel is best known for it's ancient priory which was founded in about 1189. The bell tower has ten bells, and the clock chiming is done using a tenor bell that was cast in 1661.

I drove through Cartmel on my way home from the Lake District.

Cartmel Priory

Cartmel Priory clock

More information:
Location: Cartmel, Cumbria, UK - 54°12'4.09"N 2°57'8.33"W

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Chapel Stile

Chapel Stile is set in the Langdale Valley (in the Lake District). The picturesque village is over looked by the sturdy Holy Trinity Church clock tower.

When I took these photos the village was absolutely quiet... not a sole in sight...


Location: 54°26'25.01"N 3° 2'54.92"W (link to Google Maps)

Wednesday, 27 May 2009


Finsthwaite is a village in the Lake District close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere.

This church has an unusual architecture...
Time: 6:37pm

Location: Finsthwaite, Cumbria, UK - 54°16'55.56"N 2°58'15.94"W

Tower Bank Arms

Tower Bank Arms is a 17th century inn located in Near Sawrey, next to Hill Top Farm which was the home of Beatrix Potter who wrote the children's story Peter Rabbit (and many other children's stories).

Tower Bank Arms -
The inn featured in Beatrix Potter's 'The Tales Of Jemima Puddleduck'.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009


Rydal is located in the Lake district between Ambleside and Grasmere. William Wordsworth moved to Rydal when his home in Grasmere became to small.

"A.D. 2000 Rydal Millennium Garden"
The garden is inside St Mary's Church grounds

St Mary's Church

An extract from a sign outside the church reads: "Built in 1824 by Lady le Fleming of Rydal Hall. William Wordsworth worshipped here and was Warden in 1833."


Grasmere is in the heart of the Lake District and contains some stunning scenery.

William Wordsworth lived in Grasmere, in Dove Cottage, during the most creative period of his life. Grasmere is also famous for "Grasmere gingerbread" - it is sold from a cottage next to the church yard.

There was long queue to buy gingerbread. It was worth the wait, but I should have bought more!

Grasmere Parish Church - St Oswald's

A sign next to the church reads:

"Grasmere Parish Church

The church is dedicated to Oswald of Northumbria, king and champion of Christianity, who is believed to have preached on this site sometime before 642AD when he died in battle.

It is a Grade One Listed building of national historic interest. The oldest parts date from around 1300AD, but it is probably the third church to have stood on this ancient site by the side of the River Rothay.

The register of parish priests commences in 1254AD.
The Queen's College, Oxford, is a patron of the Church"


Coniston is a town on the lake 'Coniston Water'. Two names closely associated with Coniston are John Ruskin and Donald Cambell.

John Ruskin was a famous art critic, artist, poet, author and 'social campaigner'. He spent the last 30 years of his life across the lake at his home Brantwood.

In 1967 Donald Cambell's jet powered Bluebird catastrophically crashed and sank on the lake while he was attempting a new water speed record.

This is St Andrews Church in Coniston where John Ruskin was buried. It was raining when I took this photo.

Clock Tower on Coniston boating centre.

Boat hire on Coniston Water


Keswick is a market town in the Lake District that is just north of the lake 'Derwent Water'.

This is Moot Hall, in the centre of Keswick - it used to be the town hall but now houses the tourist information centre.

PUPs Clock. A stone tablet below the clock shows:
The PUPs Clock 1932
The Pushing Young Peoples
(PUPs) society was formed
In 1928 and raised the money
for this clock and for many
other local good causes.

Clock refurbished 1994

The PUPs clock with Moot Hall in the background.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Bowness On Windermere

Bowness On Windermere is a lake side town just South of Windermere. It has grown in size and now joins with Windermere.

This is the Baddeley Clock Tower. It is located between Windermere and Bowness On Windermere. It is a memorial to the guidebook writer John Byrde Baddeley.

St Martin's Church is in the heart of Bowness On Windermere - it was built in 1843 but has had various alterations done over the years.


I took the photos below in Windermere (in the Lake District). It took about 6 hours to drive to Windermere from London.

This is St Mary's Church - it was just down the road from the hotel I stayed in.

Another view of the church

This clock was hanging in the entrance hall in the Hotel (and was running a bit fast).

Another clock in the entrance hall of the hotel.

Also in the hotel - a clock table!

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Assembling a Smiths Clock

I found this clock at a car boot sale. It was in a bad condition and the mainspring was missing. I have a new spring for it now. The pictures below show my attempt at assembling the clock... before I begin here is some useful horological terminology:

  • A shaft/spindle or axle is known as an arbor
  • The bearing end of an axle is called a pivot
  • Gears are called wheels

In this picture you can see: the top plate, bottom plate, balance wheel, (new) mainspring, great wheel, centre wheel, intermediate wheel, third wheel, escape wheel and pin-pallet.

Here all the wheels are in position on the bottom plate - 'all' I need to do is put on the top plate... that's where the fun begins and the use of tweezers is required.

Things went a little wrong at this point, careful use of my tweezers was needed to get all the wheels in place.

An 'almost' completed clock movement! Just a few parts to go...

A ticking Smiths clock!

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Kienzle Electric Clock

This is a Kienzle electric clock. It has a synchronous motor that rotates at 50Hz using the 50Hz alternating current from the electricity mains supply. Since the frequency of the electric mains supply is very stable the clock is very accurate.

This clock was probably made in the 1960s by the well know clock manufacturer Kienzle. Kienzle was founded in 1822 and was the market leader in Germany in the sixties and seventies.

View of the back of the clock and the synchronous motor.

The clock will not start automatically after a power cut. The motor needs to be started manually by rotating a small dial at the correct speed (rotating it too quickly or slowly will not start the clock). This will probably not pass any modern health and safety standards - sticking your fingers into the back of a clock with a live 240 Volt electricity supply is not recommended.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Another Smiths Clock

Here's the movement from another Smiths clock. It's so rusted that that I haven't (yet) been able to take it apart.

In this photo you can see the hour wheel (gear) on the top, and in the front is the balance wheel. Just below the balance wheel is the balance spring (hair spring).

In this photo the balance wheel is on the far left, and the mainspring on the far right.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Smiths Clock Cleaning

I've just cleaned the mechanism of one of my Smiths Clocks. Inside the case it is dated '4 Dec 1950'.

No... I don't normally keep clock parts on my dinner plates - the plate was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.