Church of the Holy Cross, Seend
Len Murray, Churchwarden
Thank you for your interesting articles regarding the
Bullock family of clockmakers in Box. We’ve just recently needed to try and date our clock dial at the Church of the
Holy Cross, Seend, as it is long overdue for a restoration. Having found in a church log book that the parochial church council applied for a faculty from the Salisbury Diocese in 1957 for an electric clock, I saw that this replaced one originally installed in 1850.
Looking through our Vestry Book I then found the original entry from 1849 when the church elders decided to have a new clock installed – see below. You will see that this task was entrusted to a W Bullock of Melksham… would this be William Bullock (b 1791) or possibly his son (b 1815)?
Unfortunately, nothing of the original clock works survive as the electrical mechanism was installed in 1960 and, at this point, we don’t know what happened to the Bullock works. There may be reference made in Parochial Church Council meeting notes held in the National Archive in Chippenham.
Now we are in the process of obtaining a Faculty to allow the clock dial to be repainted and gilded. I assume (as is usually the case with more domestic clocks) that the dials were made separately and by a different company so would have little to do with the Bullock clockmakers. I just thought the above may be of interest.
Does anyone have information about the Bullocks of Melksham please?