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St Giles Church

Clock Winder at Work

1994

Ritchie  -  The clock winder winding the clock at the Highland Tollbooth church - 1992

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                         Photo taken November 2, 1994

 

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   Ritchie  -  The clock winder winding the clock at the Highland Tollbooth church - 1992

 

James Ritchie & Son

Edinburgh Clock Winding

Public Clocks

James Ritchie & Son (Clockmakers) were established in Edinburgh in 1809. They manufactured many of the public clocks in Edinburgh and elsewhere in Scotland, and are now responsible for maintaining a number of public clocks in Edinburgh.  This includes clock winding.

Clock winding

On several occasions between 1991 and 1996, I accompanied the clock winder, Dougie Belam, and sometimes his young trainee assistant, Neil Samuel, around the clocks.  This involved a lot of climbing steps and ladders.

Dougie's timetable in 1992 was:

TUESDAYS

Tron  (High Street.  It took 3 minutes to wind)

St Gile's  (High Street.  It took 20 minutes to wind)

Ritchie - Clock Winder at work at St Gile's Church - 1992

Tolbooth St John's (Castlehill.  Climb the high ladder)

Ladder at Tolbooth St John's Church  - 1993

Canongate Tolbooth (Royal MIle.  This is a very short climb.  The clock workings are inside the Tolbooth and a spindle extends to the clock above the street)

Time Ball (Calton Hill.  Raise the ball half way with 25 turns at 12.50.  Another 25 turns at 12.55.  Drop it at 1pm when the puff of smoke is seen from the Castle Gun, so that it is seen to drop at the same time as the gun is heard.

The time  ball operated Monday to Saturday throughout the year except when the weather was windy or foggy.)

The Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.  The time ball being raised at 12.55pm

THURSDAYS

St Mary's (below Broughton roundabout)

St Stephen's  (Stockbridge)

The clock winder raises the weight for the clock at St Stephen's Church, Stockbridge 

St Andrew's & St George's

The clockwinder, winding the clock at St ANdrew's & St George's Church

South Leith
(Not  being wound in 1992.  It is being re-glazed, and the big hand has gone missing!)

Time Ball

The Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.  The time ball being raised at 12.55pm

FRIDAYS

St Gile's (High Street)

Ritchie - Clock Winder at work at St Gile's Church - 1992

Time Ball (Calton Hill.)

The Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.  The time ball being raised at 12.55pm

Tron (High Street)

Sadly, I heard that Dougie Belam died in 2001.

Other Clocks

Ritchie also had a position for another clock winder in Edinburgh.  The job was vacant and being advertised in 1992, following a death.

I don't know which clocks this involved.  Apparently they were the clocks that involved less climbing, but the shift started early so that the clocks could be wound before the workers arrived.

 

Ritchie St Stephen's Church

 Edinburgh at Work

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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