High noon for Christ Church clock repairs

Peter Jackson  working on the Christ Church clock face
Peter Jackson working on the Christ Church clock face

EXPERTS have been brought in to carry out repair work on the clock of a famous town building.

A team from clock repair company Smith of Derby will be working on the clock at Christ Church, in Hartlepool’s Church Square, for the rest of this week.

Peter Jackson with a set of hands from the Christ Church clock

Peter Jackson with a set of hands from the Christ Church clock

Hartlepool Borough Council staff noticed that the clock hands had been sticking recently and called in the firm to rectify the problem.

Upon closer examination experts found stone, which had come away slightly due to the age of the building, had got into the mechanics of the clock.

They will now replace the gears in the clock and also plan to box up some of the mechanical gearing to prevent future damage.

Tony Charlesworth, the firm’s technical sales engineer at the site, said: “I expect the gears to last around 25 years.

“The ones we are replacing have done their job, but they are due an overhaul.

“Although the clock face is at the top of the building, the mechanics are at the bottom.

“It works through a series of rods and gears going up the building all the way to the top.

“We are aware that a lot of residents use the building and they will see that we have scaffolding up.

“While we are carrying out the works to repair the clock we are also going to box up some of the mechanics.

“We expect to be carrying out the works for the rest of this week.”

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council, whick operates the building, said: “The clock hands have been sticking recently so we’ve brought in Smith of Derby – an expert clock repair company – to rectify the problem.

“Christ Church is an important part of the town’s history and we are keen to have the clock in full working order just as soon as we can.”