A parish of the town of Ipswich known as the Hamlet established a Meeting House in 1713. The town parish broke away from Ipswich in 1793 to become the Town of Hamilton. The present meeting mouse for the First Congregational Church of Hamilton was constructed in 1762, reusing some of the framing from the earlier structure. By 1843, the new meetinghouse was showing its age. The building was picked up and turned 90 degrees to face the Bay Road, and the present bell was installed in the belfry. In 1888 a clock manufactured by E. Howard & Company of Boston was added to accompany the bell.
Pastor David Horn graciously gave a couple of us the opportunity to climb into the clock and bell tower, where I took the photos shown below.
The First Church Clock
As the parish records of First Church in Ipswich tell us, “A clock purchased by subscription was landed in Ipswich May 29, 1762. The Parish on May 31st voted their readiness to receive it into the steeple of this meeting house and September 16, 1762 they voted to be at the charge of putting it up there.”