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TIME FOR A CHANGE

Judith Keeling extolls the virtues of the new Harris Manchester clock tower – and of time itself

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graceful new Oxford landmark will join Great Tom and other ancient University bells when they chime to celebrate Christmas this year. The recently completed clock tower at Harris Manchester College will house a new bell, chiming the hour on a deep note of D-sharp.

“There is a wonderful sense of heritage in the bell chimes of Oxford,” says the college’s Principal, Rev Dr Ralph Waller. “Today’s students have their day punctuated by the same bells that Robert Boyle heard when he was working to discover the laws of physics in the laboratory or that John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, listened to as he was preparing his sermons at Lincoln College. When listening to the bells of Oxford one gets a sense of both time and eternity – and now a new voice is being added to the choir in the form of our own clock tower bell.” The clock tower at Harris Manchester bears the inscription: “It’s later than you think. But it’s never too late.” This is a borrowed quotation from a Dorothy Sayers novel and a neat nod to the college’s role in educating only mature students. The bell’s chimes also reflect this ‘It’s later than you think’ theme, as they have been deliberately set to ring out at two minutes past the hour. This may seem individual to say the least,

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