Wentworth Woodhouse launch £15,000 fundraiser to restore clock and bells

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Wentworth Woodhouse has launched campaign to restore clock and bells which have stood silent for over 60 years

The clock and bells on Wentworth Woodhouse’s grand East Front have stood silent for over 60 years.

The Preservation Trust has just eight weeks to raise the £15,000 needed so it can commence the project by the summer –  or it loses a £2,000 donation pledged by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.

The North Tower, which was restored in 2021, has two clock faces and a set of bells, which last chimed over 60 years ago when students of Lady Mabel College were in residence.

Carole Foster, fundraising manager at the trust, “The clock and bells are important historical features of Wentworth Woodhouse’s facade and once they are working again they will be a clear sign to visitors that our restoration of the house is well underway,”

“The metaphorical clock is ticking, though,” added Carole. “We need to raise the £15,000 we need by Friday 29th March. It would be such a shame to lose the funding we’ve very kindly been pledged by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers – and the fact is, if we leave the clock and bells much longer, we could lose them forever.”

A Barnsley clock restorer worked unpaid to get the clock mechanisms going again, but the result was temporary and further restoration work was prevented by a dangerously unsafe floor in the room housing the clock mechanism. 

The £15,000 budget will cover repairs to the room and a beam which sits beneath the clock, so a specialist can work safely, repairing the dial motion workings, fitting new weight lines to the pendulum and re-connecting the chiming hammers.

There are two ways to support the Just In Time Appeal.

The Trust’s Fundraising Team ([email protected]) is on hand to work with supporters wanting to organise a fundraising event, and people can simply donate via the Wentworth Woodhouse website at .https://wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk/just-in-time-north-tower-clock-campaign/ 

A host of rewards are lined up as a thank you to supporters of the appeal –  including  postcards and signed limited edition prints of the North Tower, painted plant pots, tote bags  by designer Julia Gash and a private conservation tour of the house.

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