Automatic Winding - Guildford Guild Hall

"It's the symbol of Guildford"

Posted on 11 October, 2013


The Guildhall clock projects over the busy Guildford high street. But few know exactly how this ancient timepieces works or that modern technology is being used in oto keep it ticking 24/7.


Health & Safety dictated that regularly manually-winding the projecting clock was a dangerous exercise so Smith of Derby's Technical Engineer Martin Butchers was called in to provide a solution.


The caged clock, built in the 16th century, was never originally designed to work with electro-mechnical equipment.  Smith of Derby, tower clock and turret clock specialists, came up with a solution to attach the automatic winding equipment to the existing barrels with chain sprockets attached to the barrels.


The importance of this meant that there was no drilling, cutting or damage caused to the clock whilst fitting the Smith of Derby automatic-winding equipment.


The result is that Guildford now has a 16th century clock automatically wound by 21st century equipment with no damage or harm to the clock.


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