Chiddingly Church Clock

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The following information was provided by the Guy family, many of whom lived in Chiddingly in the 19th and 20th centuries.

"David Guy, who died on January 23rd. 1912 aged 76, was the benefactor of 50 towards the clock for Chiddingly 
Church. This is commemorated inside the church with a large brass plaque in his honour. 

The plaque reads:
"1912. A legacy of 50 having been left towards a clock for this church by the late David Guy (of Hailsham). 
The remainder amounting to 80 was raised by subscription.'

This beautiful handmade clock was built in 1912 by a clockmaker in Croydon, [Gillet & Johnston]
Surrey. It was transported by railway to the village of Horam, approx. 3 miles north east of Chiddingly 
and then by handcart to Chiddingly church. Local villagers then raised the clock some 45 feet 
using rope block & tackle to its final resting place in the 'silence chamber' where it remains in perfect working order to
date. The clock is hand-wound twice each week and chimes on the hour."

The clock is still in perfect working order, but is no longer hand-wound but instead benefits from an
electric auto-wind system.  It still chimes on the hour and also the quarters, and has a Westminster chime.

Further information:

This is from a poem by William Chives, who came to Chiddingly in 1891 to live and work.

The Clock in tower, which thou do'st see,

I must explain seems part of me;

My father, he did fix it there.  I too in that did my small share.

Late David Guy left fifty pounds, as token of affection;

The remaining eighty pounds was raised, by parishoners' collections.

T'was supplied by well-known Croydon firm, Yea, one of reputation,

T'was carted by "Park" waggoner, to church from yonder station,

Horeham Road.

T'is thirty years ago, or nigh, since first it chimed in Chiddingly.

When I did into history delve, t'was fixed I found in 1912.

When thou do'st hear the quarter chime, and hour on tenor bell,

Just bear in mind there many be, that love it's music well.

To make this history complete, the dials in height be just six feet.

Should thou be blest with eyesight keen, the time is seen from Muddles Green,

Aye - from top of Burgh Hill too

This is all the NADFAS Guide has to say:

The mechanism is in a room below the belfry chamber, accessed by a spiral staircase from the vestry. A cast iron flat bed frame carrying the clock mechanism itself. Double three legged gravity escapements with compensation pendulum, 2m long. Electrically wound. Name of manufacturer (Gillet & Johnston, Croydon) cast on the setting dials and a lower rail of frame.