Looking back at Shepton's broken clocks
THIS week’s Looking Back focuses on faulty village church clocks. In this week in 2000 the church clock at Batcombe stopped at noon.
Local climber Gordon Milward, who was frequently found maintaining the rockface at Avon Gorge, abseiled down the outside of the tower.
Under the guidance of horological engineer Andrew Nichols, Mr Milward removed the hands of the clock so the damaged spindle could be withdrawn.
Mr Nichols promised the clock would be running again within a week.
Funds for the repair were provided by the Parochial Church Council, the Friends of Batcombe, the parish council and individual villagers.
This story comes just weeks after Coleford villagers appealed for funds to help mend their idiosyncratic church clock.
Villagers are often left puzzled by the clock which strikes at odd times, sometimes a dozen strikes at 2.25pm or one strike at 11am.
Reverend Clarissa Cridland said: “We have been anxious to have our beloved clock mended, and working automatically so that we no longer have to climb the incredibly steep ladder to wind it.”