Chimola at Greenwich Point Park

The photos below depict the chimola (chime of hemispheric bells) in the Chimes Building at Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, Connecticut.  All were taken in May, 2004, using available light on 200-speed film.

This page and all photos on it are copyright 2004 © Carl Scott Zimmerman.

bell tower The bell tower is attached to the corner of what was once a stable and is now used for boat storage, offices and beach lockers.  Although it contains a clock, this is not a "clock tower", because it has no clock dials.  The clock room (pictured at right) is located on the second level of the tower; the third is empty except for pulley racks which redirect the chime and hour-strike actions to align with the drop hammers. clock and chiming machine
The front side of the two-train clock is at left; the chiming machine is at right.  The clock is driven by a one-second pendulum; it turns no dials (except its own indicator), but simply strikes the hours (on the bass bell) and trips the chiming machine.
chiming machine front
The chiming machine has 30 levers - two per bell.  The interchangeable tune drums are inserted and removed from this side; one is in place and partly visible below the levers.
chiming machine rear
On the end of the chiming machine, at left, can be seen the manufacturer's name plate.  Inside the machine is the empty drum to which a cable and weight once supplied driving power.
back of clock
The back side of the clock has a large wheel which trips the chiming machine at selectable times (currently twice each day).  Just outside the right edge of the clock frame is the trip wire for the hour strike; its governor fan is a partly visible at the top of the photo.
chiming machine power On the opposite end of the chiming machine (relative to the photo above) is a vertical shaft which once carried the regulator fan (when this machine was driven by a falling weight).  Now it carries a pulley through which an electric motor (the small white cylinder at left) drives the machine.
bass bell inscription
The bass bell (above) and treble bell (at right) bear the clockmaker's inscription: "J. Smith & Sons / Clerkenwell, London."  The 13 intervening bells are blank.
treble bell inscription
The bells have short necks, and each is attached to the timber frame with a single bolt.  The chiming hammers are standard drop-type clock hammers with spring rests.

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