All Saints' Church, East Pennard

The Church of All Saints’ in East Pennard, Somerset, England, dates from the 14th century; it is a Grade I-listed building.  The tower contains a clock and five bells. They are the second heaviest peal of five bells in the world.  The wrought iron-framed 18th century clock, being subjected to the elements of wind and rain high up in the tower, was rusting away.  Valencia Communities Fund was approached for funding towards the clock and the clock face.  The clock has now been restored and is now on display in the tower’s ground floor ringing chamber. 

The clock is a hourly-striking, weigh-driven mechanism with brass wheel work and drives an external wooden clock face on the West wall of the tower.  The clock face, a later historical object from the 19th century, which was in a very poor state and rotting away, has also been sympathetically renovated. Painted a high gloss dark blue with numerals and hands gilded in 23.5 carat gold, the face beams wonderfully in the sun light.