Inside The Carleton Place Clock Tower That Does not Toll


I wrote a blog about the old Post Office in Carleton Place a few months ago, and it makes me sad as the clock does not work. I can only stand there at gaze at its beauty. Have you ever seen the interior and what might make this clock tick? Let’s sneak around the back and go up and see.


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 clock mounted in the tower,is a Mansard style copper cupola that has oxidized to its lovely present shade.



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.





Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Colour Photo- Linda Seccaspina

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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