Tower-ring internal

The bells of St Peter's church on Wickham Road recently began to ring again, after a long absence. The engineer working for the Church of England, who led the restoration project, Danijel Pavlic, rebuilt the clock and bells mechanism, originally built by Smith and Sons of Clerkenwell. He explains:

"What was initially an idea of converting the 19th century mechanism to electrical power ended up as an effort to keep the mechanism genuine and, of course, operated by human power only. That will put the St. Peter's Church tower on the map as a valuable cultural heritage protecting probably the last hand-wound clock and bells mechanism in London."

So far, only 40 visitors have had the chance to see the  mechanism during a guided tours of the tower, but Danijel will be holding more open days soon and would love to host Brockley residents who are interested in the project. More information here.

8 comments:

Thaboz said...

Ding Dong!

Aston said...

Can't wait for the tour! I missed the last one few months ago. Perfect start of the year :)

Algernonian said...

I went on the tour. It was fascinating and I really enjoyed it. Watching Danijel jumping around on the rafters and explaining how it all works was great. It's a bit of an extreme adventure getting up some of the stairs though, and going up to the roof is definitely not for the faint hearted! Worth it for the view though.

BigStu said...

Took a trip there last night. Thanks to Danijel for the tour. I have posted some photo's onto the Brockley Flickr page, Can't seem to post any here as they are over 2mb.

Tim Arnold said...

I went last Thursday; got there early and was treated to a one-to-one tour. Very interesting, and Danijel is a brilliant and enthusiastic guide (and, needless to say, a skilled engineer and passionate preservationist). Well worth a fiver.

Danijel said...

Thank You all for sharing my will to keep this complex and unique mechanism genuine 150 years after it was built. I'm very grateful to all the visitors who came and helped us continue our efforts to put the Smith and Sons mechanism and, of course St. Peter's church, Brockley, on a map as a valuable cultural heritage. Great news for all interested - we now have guided tours available every Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm for the next couple of months. Please book Your visit so we can give You the available dates. Thank You.

Danijel said...

Hello Tim! Thank You for Your kind words, please drop in next time You see me (maybe this Thursday), the tickets just arrived and one of them belongs to You :)

Danijel said...

Hello Stu!
You're welcome, hope You enjoyed! When You have time - drop in to get Your ticket (Thursdays 7-9pm work for me). Cheers to You and Your family!

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