WENTWORTH Woodhouse have launched a new campaign to get the clock and bells - which have stood silent for over 60 years - chiming again.

Supporters are being asked to back the Just In Time crowdfunding campaign, which aims to get the North Tower’s two historic clocks and set of bells back to working order.

The Preservation Trust has just eight weeks to raise the £15,000 needed so it can commence the project by the summer - or it loses a £2,000 donation pledged by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.

The North Tower, which was restored in 2021, has two clock faces and a set of bells, which last chimed over 60 years ago when students of Lady Mabel College were in residence.

Carole Foster, fundraising manager at the trust, said: “The clock and bells are important historical features of Wentworth Woodhouse’s facade and once they are working again they will be a clear sign to visitors that our restoration of the house is well underway.

“The metaphorical clock is ticking, though.

“We need to raise the £15,000 we need by Friday 29th March. It would be such a shame to lose the funding we’ve very kindly been pledged by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers - and the fact is, if we leave the clock and bells much longer, we could lose them forever.”

A link to the fundraiser can be found on the Barnsley Chronicle website.