Tuesday December 13th 2011 00:19
Cirencester Parish Church Clock Tower
Having taken a photograph of last year's Christmas Market from a high vantage point, this year I thought I'd see if I could aim a little bit higher:
A very narrow spiral staircase winds its way up to the top of the tower, with various rooms along the way, the most fascinating of which housed the clock mechanism:
This large cylinder is part of what is essentially an enormous musical box:
As the drum turns, the studs hit the levers:
which pull on the ropes, ringing the bells above!
The bar across the upper half of this picture is the draft shaft that drives the other clock face:
At the top of the tower it's (obviously) possible to see some of the detail that's harder to spot from the ground:
The view up Black Jack Street:
A view of Gosditch Street:
The shot I climbed all the steps for:
The following image is made from 25 photographs. The resulting image has a resolution of 12,470 x 5,575 (a 694MB file).
My thanks go to Mr. S. Smith of the Parish Office for showing me the church tower and explaining its fascinating history.