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Archbishop of York Celebrates Bishopthorpe Clock Centenary

Bishopthorpe Clock

9:11am 11th March 2013

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is to mark the 100 Year Anniversary of the Gatehouse clock as set by Archbishop Cosmo Lang in March 1913 by setting the time on the newly restored clock face.


The Archbishop said: “It has given me great pleasure to set the clock and to follow in the footsteps of Archbishop Cosmo Lang. Generations of local people have grown up with this clock as part of community life, passing it daily on the way to school or work.  This restoration, which has been done with great care, is wonderful to see. Hopefully this clock will continue to bring joy to others as it chimes for the next 100 years!”


The clock situated on the Gatehouse at the entrance to Bishopthorpe Palace, was manufactured by W Potts & Sons Ltd in 1913.  It is referred to as a flat-bed, striking clock with a double three-legged gravity escapement.  The stone dials of the clock, which were beyond repair, have been retained under the new copper ones which are typical of the original era. The gilded numerals and hands are painted blue. This provides a permanent solution, yet retains the traditional techniques of the period.  The restoration work was carried out by Smiths of Derby ( in March 2013.

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