As Time Goes By — The Old Post Office Clock



Photo of The Old Post Office by Linda Seccaspina 

The old brown limestone building on Bridge Street built in 1897 served for many years as the Post Office and Customs for Carleton Place until the new one was built in 1970. The clock mounted in the tower,is a Mansard style copper cupola that has oxidized to its lovely present shade. In 1913, a town clock tower was added.

old po


The weight driven clock was manufactured by John Smith of The Midland Clockworks in Derby England. The massive 800 lbs. brass bell located behind the clock tower was manufactured by John Taylor of Longborough. The four stained glass faces of the clock measure 5 feet 6 inches in diameter. The massive J. Smith & Sons weight driven clock  has a pendulum which hangs down through the floor, to the attic room below the room that houses the movement.

The honour of putting the clock in motion was given to Howard Dack, and his father James H. Dack. They were given custody of keeping the clock running and in good repair. In 1913 they first started its 150 pound pendulum in motion. Unfortunately, after the building went into private hands, the beautiful clock fell into disrepair and no longer runs.


When I was taking photos someone said, “It hasn’t moved as long as I’ve lived here”. Does anyone remember it working?


115 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 257-1440

Some Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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