Hamilton First Church in the early 20th Century

The clock tower at Hamilton First Church

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 thing you see when you climb into the attic is this large weight swinging from the clock, which sits on the floor above.
The gears in the clock belfry at Hamilton First Congregational Church
The 1843 bell is higher up in the steeple above the clock.

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