Mark­ing time again af­ter 100 years of si­lence

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ancient Clock Restored -

An an­cient clock has been re­stored, brought back to life and is tick­ing again ex­actly 100 years af­ter it stopped.

The tur­ret clock was in­stalled at God­in­ton House in 1620 by Mr Ni­cholas Toke but it was re­moved on Au­gust 14, 1914, and given to Can­ter­bury Mu­seum, where it re­mained un­touched in stor­age for al­most a cen­tury.

With the sup­port of the mu­seum, ex­pe­ri­enced clock­maker Tony Rus­sell, who has worked at God­in­ton House for over 50 years, set about re­pair­ing the 400 -year-old time­piece.

On Thurs­day, Au­gust 14, at noon, Mr Rus­sell and Nick Sand­ford, God­in­ton es­tate man­ager at the House, set the pen­du­lum swing­ing once again.

Mr Rus­sell said: “It has taken over a year to re­store and an aw­ful lot of work was needed to get it back into work­ing or­der.

“It is re­mark­able how crafts­men 400 years ago built a clock us­ing sim­ple hand tools to cut cogs and pin­ions with not much more than black­smith tech­niques.

“Bodged Vic­to­rian re­pairs have been re­moved, worn brass bear­ings re­paired, a chunk miss­ing from the hand care­fully pieced in and new weights cast af­ter lots of trial and er­ror.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM3351158

Clock­maker Tony Rus­sell who has re­paired the an­cient tur­ret clock at God­in­ton House, Ash­ford


God­ing­ton man­ager Nick San­ford and es­tate work­ers check the time


Es­tate man­ager Nick San­ford, Tony and Jen­nifer Rus­sell and pho­tog­ra­pher Pat Spear­man

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