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Dr John Sentamu unveils restored clock at Bishopthorpe Palace
8:49am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in News
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, marks the 100-year anniversary of the Gatehouse clock as set by Archbishop Cosmo Lang in March 1913 by setting the time on the newly restored clock face
The clock was manufactured by W Potts & Sons Ltd in 1913 for Archbishop Cosmo Lang.
The current Archbishop, Dr John Sentamu, spoke of his delight at setting the clock and following in Cosmo Lang’s footsteps.
“Generations of local people have grown up with this clock as part of community life, passing it daily on the way to school or work,” he said. “This restoration, which has been done with great care, is wonderful to see. Hopefully this clock will continue to bring joy to others as it chimes for the next 100 years.”
The stone dials of the clock, which were beyond repair, have been retained under new copper ones. The gilded numerals and hands are painted blue. The restoration work was carried out by Smiths of Derby.