St Peter's - Keep your heads ringing

The St Peter's bells are back - and so is the clock tower open day. Dave writes:

After years of silence, St. Peter's hand-wound Victorian clock, built by Smiths of Clarkenwell, who also created the clock of the Houses of Parliament, chimes again!

Whilst the clock was silent there have been many requests by the local community to hear the bells - hoping to give Brockley a village-feel. Now they are sounding again there have been mixed reviews, but St. Peter's is committed to working with the community, celebrating and looking after its heritage. Residents will be comforted to know that the chimes will only sound between 9am and 9pm. If there are any queries then we would love to hear from people! Please email the Church office on office@stpetersbrockley.org.uk.

Or, why not come to St. Peter's Open day, Saturday 28th September, where you can climb the historic clock tower for yourself! You can have a guided tour through all the mechanisms and the different rooms that make up the clock tower by the engineer who has been working to repair it. Finally, you can climb to the very top of the Tower that overlooks London where you will find spectacular 360° views - great for photographers! There will also be lots going on including car washing, tours of the stain glass windows and refreshments.

Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: St. Peter's Church, Wickham Road
Website: www.stpetersbrockley.org.uk

9 comments:

Reverend Afro said...

Still taking their time to perfect their beats
And they still got love for the streets, it's the big St Pete's [Repeat 2x]

Bobblekin said...

Welcome back. When I first moved here I would hear the St Peters bells and horses trotting up Tressillian Rd (police horse on training) on Sunday mornings. It was like living in the Countryside! That was before Heathrow pushed all the arrivals out this way :-(.

Emmajem said...

Ah! I thought I was going mad when I noticed i could hear church bells in the evening now. Now I know what's going on....it's lovely, and long may they chime

Panda said...

Have lived on Adelaide Avenue for 30 years and Hillyfields is right on the flight path for Heathrow and has been for all that time.

St. Peter's, Brockley said...

Yes, you are completely correct - a spelling error on our part. (The site where they built the clock is now called Smiths Metal Centre)

Mali said...

Does sound really nice, not so convinced that we need to hear it every 15 minutes though! Seems a little over the top, maybe every half hour would be sufficient?

Headhunter said...

I like it every 15 mins... It's not exactly intrusive... Unless you live right next door I suppose. Clearly the clock was designed to ring every 15 mins, it rings a shorter ring on the quarters, slightly longer at half past and then rings out the hours on the hour

Jon said...

I do live just along from it and it is intrusive, if you can hear it its intrusive! I don't need a god'ly reminder every 15 mins! Where was the consultation on this why where the neighbors not asked before they went ahead with it!

Daniel said...

Hm...interesting how nobody mentioned the name of the engineer. Considering that he did repair the mechanism...I guess it is easy TO BE THE GENERAL AFTER THE BATTLE, right?!....and a piece of advice for those that don't like the sound of the Church bells - MOVE TO A CEMETERY, it is quieter! ;)

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