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Nov-20-2012 @ 6:22 PM                           Permalink
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hi all ,
"From clock faces on a tower that tell their own time, to memories of double seats in the back row of an old cinema and a familiar shop window gorilla that continues to dance, every aspect of Beccles life is celebrated."

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and no one asks why there is no clock facing Norfolk, or is it a fact that we Suffolk people would not Norfolk the time of day????


Nov-21-2012 @ 11:38 AM                           Permalink
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Ifound this its interesting stuff,

Early in the eighteenth century, two clock faces were affixed to the north and south sides of the tower, and, a century later, another was added to the east side and all three were raised to a slightly higher level. At present the clock is run by electricity and controlled by computer, allowing the twice-yearly change between Greenwich Mean Time and British Summer Time to be made quickly. The tower bells sound on each quarter-hour and ring out the time on the hour, stopping at 8pm to allow town residents some peace and quiet during the night.[5]

Originally there was a ring of eight bells, but this was replaced, in 1762, by Lester & Packe of Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London, with a ring of ten bells. In 1909 all ten bells were completely restored by Taylors Eayre & Smith Ltd (Loughborough) and re-hung on a new steel frame. The ringing chamber is on the second level of the tower, and the belfry is on the fourth.

One of the most historically significant events associated with this church and bell tower is the wedding, in 1749, of Catherine Suckling and the Reverend Edmund Nelson, the parents of England's seafaring hero, Lord Horatio Nelson.[6]

Great stuff, I always like a vist to Beccles. and i see that Weatherspoons have got the hotel bar in the centre. that can only be a good thing , it stops a building in the centre of town rotting away.

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