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Monday, November 12, 2012

Winding the Clock - Cornish Flat, NH

This structure was built as a church in the early 1800s and moved in the dead of winter of 1818 to this site on the green in Cornish Flat, NH.

The clock has two faces now and needs to be wound every week.  My son-in-law, Matt winds it every other week.

Some of the stained glass windows are still in place and the sanctuary though devoid of religious symbols is still set up as such, including an old organ.

After climbing regular stairs to the choir loft level our next means of going up is this ladder

which comes out in this hole in the attic.

Then there are another set of rickety stairs which come out here where you see Emily. 

Here are the clock works.

Views from the tiny window covered in plastic to keep the birds out.

You can see evidence of those birds and the post and beam construction.

There are weights for the clock movement and for the hour chime.  It was the day before we switched to standard time so all the chimes between 9 and 8 had to be rung as Matt reset the clock.

The timbers show their age by their width.

There was another ladder to the bell tower but it went straight up and I didn't make the climb.  Someone else took this photo of the bell for me.

Who sat in this chair and why?


Tina´s PicStory said...

so many details! most i like the old clock :)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! Such history and fantastic photography ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Marcia said...

Thanks for stopping by from Germany.

Genie said...

What a fascinating post. I loved seeing the old clock. The macro shots of the gears are great. genie

HolleyGarden said...

Loved seeing the clock works. So very interesting. I would have been too scared to have climbed the first set of stairs! I love that there is such dedication for this clock to still be wound weekly.

Betsy Adams said...

Oh WOW----what a neat old church... That clock is AWESOME... Love seeing the clockworks from up there. That is neat that you SIL winds it.... I'm so impressed.

Is that your daughter in the picture? Pretty gal...

Thanks for sharing such a beauty.

1st Man said...

That is just WAY cool. Oh how I love to see old stuff like that. Heck those gears and mechanisms are works of art. And that bell is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing...

Now you've got me thinking about that chair! ;-)

Fun60 said...

I am facinated as to how they move a whole building. Those photos were excellent. I don't think you would have got me going up that ladder.

Stewart M said...

Nice post - I wonder what other mysteries lie waiting at the top of old church towers?

Stewart M - Australia

Bonnie K said...

How very interesting. You son-in-law must be an amazing person to do such a dedicated job.

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