Historic Dingwall clock receives Scotland's first new pendulum system to keep it running all hours

“The building had fallen into disarray, and that included the clock. We are delighted with the clock, and hope the local residents are too." - Tony Charlesworth, Technical Clockmaker

Posted on 17 March, 2014

 

 

The iconic Dingwall Town Hall clock is running to time again following the completion of a major restoration by expert clock makers Smith of Derby – including a new pendulum system to ensure the clock runs even in the event of a power failure.

Specialist engineers at the company’s James Ritchie and Son workshops in Broxburn, West Lothian, have carried out a number of repairs to the clock to ensure that it will keep time in the town for decades to come.

The clock repair is part of an overall refurbishment of the B-listed building, and local and visitors will be greeted with a shiny renovated weathervane on top.

Tony Charlesworth, Technical Sales Engineer for Smith of Derby, said: “The building had fallen into disarray, and that included the clock. We are delighted with the clock, and hope the local residents are too.

“Along with the repairs, we have installed a new pendulum regulator system that keeps swinging in the event of a power cut, and also automatically stops and starts the clock to keep in line with British summer and winter time.”

The work carried out by James Ritchie & Son’s engineers included restoring the dials, stripping and cleaning the clock mechanism, fitting night silencers on the bells and installing an auto-wind system on the strike and clock.

The power supply to the clock is expected to be turned on shortly, completing the renovation.

 

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