The clock face of St. Mary’s Church in Rye, East Sussex, England, is one of the oldest functioning clock faces in the country; and has quite an interesting history.
When the dastardly French burned the city (and the church) in 1377, they gleefully skipped back to Normandy with the church bells in tow; but the bold citizens of Rye were not deterred. They sailed to France the next spring and stole them back. This pleases me greatly. Anyhow, the bells were then hung in Watchbell Street to warn citizens of any further invasions; and returned to the church a couple hundred years later.
The 'Quarter Boys' beside the inscription are so named because they strike the quarters, not the hours; and you can climb the steep winding steps of St. Mary’s today and watch the bells pulled and clanged in front of you. (image dOgwalker on flickr)