Most churches have a clock on the tower but some church timepieces are a bit unusual.
A Saxon sundial
One of the greatest treasures of St Gregory’s Minster in Kirkdale near Kirkbymoorside in
Yorkshire, is its Saxon
sundial, situated over the doorway of this lovely old
church. It is marked with the 8 hours of
the Saxon day and bears the inscription:
This is day’s Sun marker at every
St Gregory's Minster
A single handed clock
On the east face of the fine 15th century
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I am grateful for the use of Richard's Geograph photograph.
Time goes by at a leisurely pace in Old Brampton near
Old Brampton church
Meanwhile the church clock of St Mary Magdelene at Whitgift in
The clock face has been replaced and still has the X11. The original is now presered inside the church.
The orginal clock face
A Victorious clock
One face of the church clock at Baslow in Derbyshire uses letters instead of the usual numbers, and reads :
The clock gives a message
A plaque below the clock on the tower of the church at Whixley in North Yorkshire reads:
I serve thee here with all my might
And tell the hours by day and night
Therefore by example take by me
And serve thy God as I serve thee
The fifth clock
All Saints church at Thornton Hough on the Wirral has the usual clock face on each side of the church tower. However there is an additional smaller clock face on the eastern side. After the local squire had built the church and indeed had the clock faces installed, he found that he couldn’t actually see the clock from his residence, Thornton House. He soon remedied this by having the smaller clock face placed where he could see it, and all was well.
I am grateful to E Pollock for the use of his photograph although the fifth clock is on the eastern face.
There is no clock on the
South Cliff Methodist Church