The old town clock, salvaged from the fire
The old town clock, salvaged from the 1965 fire, was beyond restoration. 

From All that Remains, Volume 1 of Tales of Old Ipswich by Harold Bowen,

I was watching the workmen install the new electric clock in the bell tower of the First church on the hill, and I thought it was a good time to say a few words about the old town clock that was destroyed in the fire that burned the church in 1965. According to records, the town in 1702 purchased a clock after having decided that the fear from Indian attacks had disappeared. The rocks from the Indian fort were sold and the money was used to purchase a clock for the church tower. Then in 1846 when the new structure was built the clock was transferred to the new tower.

Today questions are being asked. What became of the old clocks (there was a clock face on each side of the tower with one ancient wooden works inside). Are the clocks in the tower new or are they a part of the old clock with new faces? The answer is that the present clocks are new and electric. the old ones were so damaged by fire that they were impossible to repair.

And all that remains of them is a jumble of works in the cellar of the present church office building near the green.

HAROLD D. BOWEN, 1972

Restoration

clock-first-church
In 2016, Don Lathrop, clockwork historian, he built a new clock frame, installed an innovative auto-wind mechanism, constructed a new dial, and installed the clock with one face in the First Church of Ipswich.

First church was painted red for several decades in the first half of the 20th Century.
The clock at first church today bears a resemblance to the old town clock.
The clock at first church today bears a resemblance to the old town clock.

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