Wherwell Church Clock
The Turret Clock was installed in 1911 to mark the Coronation of King George V. Before 1911, time keeping in the village was managed by William Harding (Head Gardener at Wherwell Priory) chiming the Curfew Bell at 8 o'clock every evening. An auto-winding mechanism was added in 1965.
The clock was removed from the church tower on Tuesday 14th January 2014 and placed on display in the church until Monday 20th January. After thorough restoration the clock returned to Wherwell on April 14th 2014.
Dave and Luke from the Cumbria Clock Company spent three days reinstalling the clock, along with new up-to-date auto winders, which have freed a lot of space in the ringing chamber. They also fitted a night silencing device for the quarter chimes and new facilities for switching off the striking during services, which were put to good use during the hour of meditation on Good Friday.
New electrical supplies have been set up by local electrician Steve Pico.
Upgrading of the wooden structures in the chamber will follow, thanks to George Hampson.
The chimes began ringing on Thursday 17th 2014, the quarters sounding from 7.00 am until 10.45 pm, and the hourly strike running for 24 hours. The church has regained another voice!