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Wells cathedral clock

 

"The famous Wells clock is considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Britain, and probably in the world, to survive in original condition and still in use.

The original works were made about 1390 and the clock face is the oldest surviving original of its kind anywhere.When the clock strikes every quarter, jousting knights rush round above the clock and the Quarter Jack bangs the quarter hours with his heels."

(http://www.wellscathedral.org.uk/history/historical-highlights/the-clock/)

 

The oldest clock is said to be one in Salisbury Cathedral, that has no clock face, but apparently, there is a lot of dispute among horologists as to whether these old clocks are actually as old as claimed. Some suggest that they may be 17th century rather than 14th.

Wells cathedral clock

 

"The famous Wells clock is considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Britain, and probably in the world, to survive in original condition and still in use.

The original works were made about 1390 and the clock face is the oldest surviving original of its kind anywhere.When the clock strikes every quarter, jousting knights rush round above the clock and the Quarter Jack bangs the quarter hours with his heels."

(http://www.wellscathedral.org.uk/history/historical-highlights/the-clock/)

 

The oldest clock is said to be one in Salisbury Cathedral, that has no clock face, but apparently, there is a lot of dispute among horologists as to whether these old clocks are actually as old as claimed. Some suggest that they may be 17th century rather than 14th.

comments (8)

What a beautiful thing, Tom!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Mar 2017, 02:43
Very ornate and lovely, Tom.

Functionally...I have some challenges in seeing the hands.

Accuracy...does it connect to Atomic Clocks through the Internet?
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Mar 2017, 06:34
Whatever the age this is a thing of mechanical wonder and aesthetic beauty Tom
magnifique détails!! amitiés
This is quite something Tom, I have not seen this clock before.
It looks very well kept.
Fine looking clock isn't it.
Wow! A masterpiece...

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