Time flies again as dial returns to Crowland Abbey

Heads for heights: Steeplejacks work 100ft above ground to manoeuvre the clock dial back into place with help from Crowland Cranes. Photo: SG220811-118TW
Heads for heights: Steeplejacks work 100ft above ground to manoeuvre the clock dial back into place with help from Crowland Cranes. Photo: SG220811-118TW

TIME flew again in Crowland as the half-tonne clock dial was hoisted 100ft through the air to return to its home on the abbey wall.

Crowland Cranes worked alongside team of steeplejacks and clock specialists on Monday from 8am until the early evening. Finishing touches were made at 7pm and, by morning, parish council clerk Brenda Stanojevic was gazing at a familiar face from her office window.

She said: “It’s smiling at me as I speak and it’s chiming. It looks very good.”

The parish council footed the bill for the £20,000 refurbishment of the dial, which was removed from the church last December and taken to a specialists in Cumbria. The clock itself remained in place at the abbey.