005 Cannocks Clock
What time is it by Cannock’s Clock was a well known catch phrase in Limerick until the clock was dismantled in April, 1961. It was in the year 1888 that the citizens of Limerick first heard the melodious chimes of one of Limerick’s finest landmarks and it had become the unofficial time-check of the citizenry since then.
“Cannock & Co. had become synonymous with time in the city and it was famous all over the country”, the Limerick Leader lamented its passing.
“The passing of the chimes will be missed very much by bus drivers, workers and others who depend so much on a time check. The clock tower rose 130 feet and was made by a firm of London clockmakers”, the paper concluded.
The clock is what is generally known as a Westminster chime clock; that is to say that it strikes three chimes every 15 minutes, in addition to striking the hours.
The bells on which the hours and quarters are struck weigh from more than 3 cwts. to over 11 cwts. while the weight of the hammers varies from 18 to 35 lbs.
Each dial is six feet in diameter and glazed with the best opal glass, which has the advantage of equally diffusing the illumination behind it. Each centre part is backed with cast-iron ribs to protect the glass from being blown in by a high wind.
The dials are made of iron, cast in one piece and painted gilt. The hands of each dial are made out of stout sheet copper and are stiffened by means of brass runners in the back, which prevents them from being blown about thus enabling them to keep their position in the face. The hands are also balanced inside the tower to preserve their equilibrium.
Mr. Jack Gleazer kept the wheels of time moving for the citizens for many years. The clock, of course, was replaced with another four-sided clock a year or two later but was not of the same calibre as the one that had served Limerick so well.