St Leonard's Church, Rodney Stoke

A Brief Tour and Short History

Church Clock

The north face of the church tower sports a clock face with gilded roman numerals and hands. The clock was purchased and installed in 1896, thanks to a bequest of £100 from Louisa Grimstead, tenant of Manor Farm, who had died the previous year. 

The clock was made by Thwaites & Reed of Clerkenwell, London, and was supplied and installed in the bell-ringing chamber by George W Tyte of Wells. It has a 2-train, flat bed arrangement with a dead-beat escapement. Originally it had to be wound by hand every week, but an automatic electric winder was added in 1993

The clock face was damaged in a storm in 1993, and had to be repaired and re-gilded. The clock itself developed serious faults in 1999, and was dismantled, removed, repaired and replaced the following year.