These articles were collated & produced by Walter A Perry © 2008
1701 - Henry Pleasant undertakes to make and
maintain a clock. This did not have the facility to strike the hour.
No provision was made in Henry Pleasant contract of March 1701 for his
clock to strike the hour.
- The spire was taken down. To reinforce the structure of the tower two
concrete ring beams were installed.
- The bells which had to be removed for the major repairs to the tower
were returned and hung in fixed position on a steel girders, the clock
bell was not fixed in such a way but left standing on the floor.
Pleasant's clock for St Peters, Sudbury.
Transcript of an Agreement between the Churchwardens, Overseers and Chief Inhabitants of the town and Henry Pleasant bell founder, to make a clock.
Imprimis that the said Henry Pleasance shall well and workmanlike and with his best skill and art, make and frame one substantial Church clock with a pendulum to ye same as large and or rather better than for use as generally made. And shall set up and fix the same in such place of the Church or Chappell of St Peter afores'd as the Churchwardens and Overseers or the greater number of them shall appoint: And further that the said Henry Pleasance shall from time to tyme and at all tymes during his abode in the said parish as a parishioners thereof lyable to ye paying of parish rates and performing parish duties keep and maintain the said clock with its necessary supports, stays and appendages in good and sufficient repair and in such good order that with our winding up it may keep and perform true constant and regular mocton (motion).
And in consideration
thereof it is agreed on the part of the said Churchwardens, Overseers
and parishioners that the said Henry Pleasance shall during such tyme
of his abode in the said parish as aforesaid be wholly free and exempted
from ye payment of all parish rates and assessments and from all parish
offices and duties to which he may be lyable during his abode as a parishioner
in the said parish.
the contract drawn up makes Henry's name as Pleasance, whereas Henry signed
as Pleasant. Other occasions Henry is referred to as Pleasant in documentation.
It would seem that his surname was often spoken in the plural sense.)