Sutton St James - WW1 Clock

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Reference WMO/262998


Parish Church

Chapel Gate

Sutton St James Spalding

PE12 0EF


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Clock
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Church Clock Dedicated at Sutton St James NOTABLE VILLAGE TRIBUTE. The second anniversary of the Armistice was suitably and solemnly observed in the village of Sutton St James on Thursday last, when the occasion was marked by the opening of the final memorial in the shape of a beautiful and serviceable clock upon the church tower. The clock was dedicated to the service of God and in memory of our glorious dead by the Rev. R. M. Copeland. The service was held in the open air under the noble old tower. A great number of parishioners were present, and all the day school children. The service opened with the hymn “O God, our help in ages past,” followed by prayers for the dead. The clock was officially started by Mrs. R. W. Rose at two minutes to eleven to strike for the first time at the Armistice hour. As the clock struck its solemn notes on the great seven cwt. Bell a deep and reverential silence fell upon the crowd. It was truly an impressive and solemn two minutes silence which followed the first striking of the Memorial Clock. The service was concluded by the singing of the National Anthem. Mr. J. Tingle, J.P., of Holbeach, then gave a short address, which included the following word “ as you see the clock point away the hours of your life, so let it remind you of the Boys who laid down their lives for you that you might be free.” He congratulated the village heartily on their Memorials,. Up to the present over £244 has been gathered for the memorials. By subscriptions £172 5s. 6d. (Mr. R. W. Rose opened the list with £40); by entertainments got up by the War Memorial Committee in the Schools last year £71 11s. 8d.: Total, all sources £243 17s. 2d. to date. It will be remember that last year was unveiled beautiful brass tablets mounted on oak, in both the Church and the Chapel, bearing the names of all who fell from Sutton St James, thus the village has now memorials in both places of worship, and in sight of the public at all times. The tablet in church was crowned with a laurel wreath and flowers on Thursday. Both the tablets and the clock were erected at the instance of the War Memorial Committee, comprised of the following members: Chairman Mr. J. L. Pridmore: secretary, Mr. W. T. Penney: treasurer, Mr. J. Willder: committee, Messrs. J. Willder, G. Jenkinson, F. Musk, A. P. Samuels, J. M. Clarke, H. Stubley, sen., G. H. Campling, A. Ward, G. Jessop, A. F. North, Rev. R. M. Copeland, A. Boardman, R. W. Rose, and W. Lamb. The clock was erected by Messrs. Evans, of Birmingham, and is a perfect piece of work. The dial is six feet in diameter, and has black figures on a white background, and rolled copper hands. The cost of clock will be £175, and for casing in, works, etc will cost approximately, another £10. The clock was obtained through Messrs Clarke & Tingle, of Holbeach. From the above figures, it will thus be seen that the village of about 500 inhabitants has subscribed £244, or approximately 10s. per head of the population. Well done, Sutton St James. It is further suggested to place under each memorial in the churches a further tablet to state that the clock on the village tower was also erected by the parishioners in remembrance of the Boys who died, and the date the clock was officially started 11th November 1920. Boston & Spalding Free Press, Tuesday 16th November 1920. War Memorial clock repairs: Specialist repairers from Derby are being called in by the parish council to repair mechanical problems with the WW1 Memorial clock at St James Church. Parish council vice chairman Henry Neale said: “It won’t be cheap but it’s a war memorial so we will have to do it.” Chairman Bill Harrison said: “They are not dear for specialists.” Spalding Guardian 23 November 2017
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