John Seymour's ancient faceless clock
The East Hendred Church Tower Clock
is a faceless clock situated on a platform, in the bell tower, some 10m from the ground.
Chimes ring out the quarters, the hours and after each canonical hour, at 3.6.9 and 12, a
tune wheel plays the 'Angel's Hymn'.
The tune wheel operates on the same principle as a music box. A
large wooden drum rotates at a constant speed, being driven by a weight. A simple gear
train to a flywheel governs the speed of rotation.
St Augustine's church has a ring of six bells, with the tenor weighing 1.1 tonne, (22cwt). They are hung in an unusually large oak bellframe, parts of which date back to 1631. The bells are all from different bellfounders, with the fourth by John Sanders of Reading dating from around 1550. Four of the bells were cast in Reading, one in Oxford and the other at Chacombe near Banbury.
The tune wheel plays the following tune on the bells every three hours:
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