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Stopped Clocks is a public collaborative project which exists to first document all the stopped clocks in the UK, with the aim being to restore those we can to working order.

Anyone can help, so please send us any information on stopped clocks in your area and by all means post here at the blog.

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Inside St Leonards Church, London Tonight

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I spent some time this morning with a correspondent from ITN's London
tonight, talking about Stopped Clocks in London, and St Leonards Church
in particular. The church spire and clock housing is in quite pitiful
repair, with the clocks having been out of action for around 10 years.

The feature on stopped clocks will air on London Tonight on Sunday,
sometime between 5 and 6, so if you're in London tune your telly to see
stopped clocks on the day the clocks go back :)

Posted by Alfie

hildegard says:

St Leonard's Shoreditch? An ancient foundation, though you wouldn't believe it to look at.
Are you actually campaigning per se, or are you just trying to get other people to sort things out?
If it's the former, you might try for a grant from National Churches Trust, if you haven't already; www.historicchurches.org.uk/

28th Mar 2008, 15:02

Alfie says:

Thanks for the historic churches info, I didn't know about that one. I am campaigning mostly, but will collaborate with any clock administrator if they want to raise money. At the moment, we have onyl one fund-raising thng: restart night. We're doing another restart party in Leeds on the 15th May in fact.

A note on the foundation, yeah, they've also recently discovered that where they removed 6 of the original 10 stairs leading to the front of the church that there's likely an ancient crypt just below the surface.

edit - just looking at the Historic Churches fund, they *specifically* do not give funds for clock repair

28th Mar 2008, 15:38

hildegard says:

True about the clock but if the spire's in a bad way, it may be hard to raise funds for the clock alone....

28th Mar 2008, 15:43

Alfie says:

Well, the spire is actually fine, its just that because there are gaping holes in the clocks fascias', storm damage has wreaked some superficial damage.

The real problem is that a full repair on the clocks would cost about £30k, whilst just fixing the mechanism probably less than a thousand. If they fixed the mechanism, the chances of them getting the funds for a full repair are reduced, as fund holders would just say "well, they're *working* aren't they?". So it's a bit of a catch 22.

28th Mar 2008, 15:47

hildegard says:

Hm... what you need is a British UnterGunther. Thing is, this being Britain, you could get large slabs of the establishment on your side from the get-go, so the criminal elements of the work, like having to break & enter, wouldn't figure... Could be fun trying...

28th Mar 2008, 23:25