Some further information about the Cooke clock of 1856-1942

Both the original estimate, and a series concerning later repair and alteration, still survive.

To understand the context see this page.

The 1856 installation

[Specification and estimate for the construction of a clock for St Martin Coney Street]

Thomas Cooke York July 28th 1855
The clock to be of the best modern construction. To go eight days without winding remontoir pendulum of 1½ or 2 secs as may be most convenient for the situation – to strike the hours & the 4 quarters. Two illuminated dials – the gas lights self acting. The clock to be fixed on the frame work with a protection from dust etc.
The admiral on the dials to be retained new painted & gilded. The whole including the gas fittings to be completed, fixed and put into working order by the 15th of November next, and attention paid to it for the following 3 years with the exception of winding once a week.
The walls, ceiling, colouring and pews of the church to be left in or restored to their present condition.
I hereby contract & agree to construct & complete the clock according to the annexed specification [now lost] for the sum of one hundred & eighty pounds – and to subject myself to a penalty of five pounds per week beyond this time if exceeded, till the clock is completed.
Thos Cooke

Pencilled on the reverse is a note 'Completed August 26th or between 23 & 30th 1856'

The 1883 refurbishment

[A letter setting out recommended works to the bracket and drum for the sum of £18.]

T Cooke & Sons Dec 20 1882
The Dials, Dialwork, & Hands will have to be taken down & cleaned. The lower part of drum will require re-plating with sheet iron plates and securing to bracket. The present moulding is broken in places & if we can repair it will do so or else supply new plain moulding to both dials. The Scroll ornamental work to be thoroughly repaired. The whole of the Bracket & Drum to have 2 coats of paint. The Dials, Dialwork & hands to be re-fixed & left in working order.

[a further letter with proposals as follows]

Jan 17 1883

Take down the present drum, dials & clock Bracket, make & fix a new drum of stout copper 6 inches wider than present one (in order to prevent blackening of the dials from gas fumes) with angle iron strengthening rings & with suitable burners & chimneys for carrying away the gas & smoke.
The Dials cleaned and re-stippled & figures painted. New copper moulding in place of wood which is now in Dialwork & hands thoroughly cleaned & repaired. The scroll & ornamental work now in state of decay to be replaced with copper work of same description. The whole of the drum bracket etc repainted & gilded, including all necessary scaffolding & fixing for the sum of £39.

[a further letter, but there are two separate estimates in the file not individually dated, the second presumably somewhat later]

27 March 1883
Take down the present drum, dials & off clock bracket make & fix a new drum of copper 15wg thickness ...(the new drum to be the same width as the present one) with angle iron strengthening rings & plates for securing to bracket & supplied with suitable burners & chimneys for carrying  away the gas & smoke. The Dials repainted & stippled the latter to be done outside so as to prevent discolouration. New copper moulding Dialwork & hands thoroughly cleaned & hands re-gilded. The scroll & ornamental work now in state of decay to be re-plated with copper work of the same description – the whole of the Drum Bracket etc to have 3 coats of paint, the flowers & figure on top of the drum to be repainted & gilded. The clock case  to have 2 coats of paint. The hammer wires to be supplied where required. Two new galvanised steel cords for clock. The belfrey & clock chamber to be thoroughly cleaned down & walls swept. The whole to be left in good working order including any necessary scaffolding fixing for the sum of £58.

[further estimate]

We will undertake to do the necessary repairs to the church clock viz: New Copper Drum, 15wg thickness, the new dial & painting on the other to match, painting drum 3 coats paint inside & out repairing bracket with copper flowers & leaves, repainting bracket 3 coats & gilding leaves & flowers as done before, painting & gilding figure on top of case, refixing gas inside also to fix copper smoke tubes & reflectors so as to prevent discolouration of the dials, new angle irons for dials to rest against, new iron supports to strengthen drum, repairing & cleaning connection rods to clock movement in clock chamber, repairing & cleaning movement, repairing bell pull wires to hammers, making wood box to inclose clock weight, repainting clock case & weight case, repairing clock chamber floor, cleaning out both chambers & bells. Erecting & removing all necessary scaffolding for the sum of £62.

[This last estimate is the one finally accepted]


The records are held in the Borthwick Institute archives,  file PR.Y/MCS 58