The great clock has seven faces -- one in each of the seven sides of the steeple -- so that it can be readily seen from all quarters.
Such an occurrence, of course, attracted universal attention, and every little old gentleman who sat in a leather-bottomed arm-chair turned one of his eyes with a stare of dismay upon the phenomenon, still keeping the other upon the clock in the steeple.
But the little chap seized him at once by the nose; gave it a swing and a pull; clapped the big chapeau de-bras upon his head; knocked it down over his eyes and mouth; and then, lifting up the big fiddle, beat him with it so long and so soundly, that what with the belfry-man being so fat, and the fiddle being so hollow, you would have sworn that there was a regiment of double-bass drummers all beating the devil's tattoo up in the belfry of the steeple of Vondervotteimittiss.
It was evident, however, that just at this moment the fellow in the steeple was doing something that he had no business to do with the clock.
And to make matters still more distressing, the rascally little scape-grace in the steeple was evidently exerting himself to the utmost.
Let us proceed in a body to the borough, and restore the ancient order of things in Vondervotteimittiss by ejecting that little fellow from the steeple.
The very thing he was in the act of doing one cold day, when the last drowsy sound of Twelve o'clock, just struck, was humming like a melodious monster of a Bee, and not by any means a busy bee, all through the steeple
He had but glanced away at the piles of city roofs and chimneys among which the smoke was rolling heavily, and at the wilderness of masts on the river, and the wilderness of steeples
on the shore, indistinctly mixed together in the stormy haze, when she was again as quiet as if she had been plying her needle in his mother's room.
CLEAN-UP: Workers from Gill Demolition bring down loose stones from the damaged steeple
; FIRST AID: Chan Renardson, of Gill Demolition, removing loose stones; DAMAGE: Rubble inside at St John; REPAIRS: The crane brought in to inspect the steeple
Pictures by Julian Hughes (JH250708Fchurch)
AS THE MEN SPEAK, TWO LIGHTS FLASH ATOP THE OLD NORTH CHURCH STEEPLE
It honors both the individual paratrooper who actually became hung up on the steeple
during the mass airborne assault that preceeded D-Day (a Soldier who was portrayed by actor Red Buttons in the classic 1962 film "The Longest Day"), as well as all the paratroopers who participated in the Normandy invasion.
It said the idea might not be popular with whoever takes ownership at the Steeple
, as it goes under the hammer when new civic offices are complete.
When that effort failed, opponents went back into court arguing that the steeple
was too tall and unnecessary.
"Let us then, while as we should, revering the steeples
, remember the gargoyles, also in their way, purveyors of God's word, and be thankful that, when the gates of Heaven swing open, as they do from time to time, mixed with the celestial music is the ummistakable sound of celestial laughter."
, which provides stunning views over the seaside town, was rebuilt in 1860.