Peter McKay of Belfast City Council checks his watch inside the Albert Clock, Belfast.  Image: Gavan Caldwell / News Letter Archives
Peter McKay of Belfast Metropolis Council checks his watch contained in the Albert Clock, Belfast. Picture: Gavan Caldwell / Information Letter Archives

Throughout that week of March 1956, Colin Johnston Robb wrote an interesting article for the Information Letter tracing the historical past of clocks in Belfast.

He famous that “it was across the 12 months 1370 that hanging clocks had been first put in in a constructing below unprofessional management.”

Robb wrote: “This association launched the use in civil lifetime of the calculation of time from midnight to midday, and this resulted within the definitive abandonment of the rule of monastic orders in timekeeping.

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The mechanics of the Albert Clock, Belfast. Picture: Gavan Caldwell / Information Letter Archives

Belfast’s first public clock was put in within the Outdated Company Church in Excessive Avenue, which was as soon as on the location of St George in early 1706. Robb wrote: ‘All we all know for certain about this clock , is that it had a slate dial, in the midst of manufacture. by a sure William Wasson, who describes himself as a “black smith and clock”. ”

The timepiece was renovated in 1730 and a ringing practice mounted on the brand new bell put in place in 1731.

The primary clock in Belfast within the 18th century was, nonetheless, the Market Home clock, which projected as if on a cantilevered beam on the nook of Cornmarket and Excessive Avenue.

The Information Letter reported in 1739 that the sundial had fallen to the sidewalk and fractured a person’s thigh.

In 1761 the clock was renovated and a newly molded bell was put in. Through the United Irish Riot of 1798, a number of males had been hanged from the beam of this clock, for Main-Basic Nugent, in an official return, briefly recorded their destiny: “Hanging on the clock of this city”.

These rebels included Henry Pleasure McCracken who had led the rebellion in opposition to Crown forces within the metropolis of Antrim on June 7, 1798 as a part of the failed rebellion.

The Pleasure household made their cash making linen and based the Belfast Information Letter. Henry was the older brother of political activist and social reformer Mary Ann McCracken, with whom he shared an curiosity in conventional Irish tradition.

This nook, later referred to as Foster Inexperienced’s Nook, was then known as “The Clock Nook”, and it was additionally the middle of Belfast.



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