Bells ring out at Dunfermline Abbey clock tower

Clockmakers at James Ritchie & Son, part of Smith of Derby clockmakers, were called to help repair the striking system, a fault in which led to the bells sounding erratically.

Posted on 01 December, 2014

 

The bells are chiming once again at Dunfermline Abbey after the restoration of the striking system and hammers.

As part of wider maintenance work at the Abbey’s Bell Tower, Clockmakers at James Ritchie & Son, were called to help repair the striking system, a fault in which led to the bells sounding erratically.

Clockmakers stripped down all the electronic hammer systems and installed a new striking system which allowed the tower clock to strike again.

Tony Charlesworth, Technical Clockmaker for Smith of Derby Group said: “Some of the hammers were sticking which meant that the striking of the bells was very erratic, so we chose to turn them off whilst the work was being done.

“Now they are repaired and back in place, the hammers are striking on time and in the correct order.”

The repairs were part of wider works to the Bell Tower.

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