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Historic Clock - Peterborough Cathedral

By James_C
Good evening to you all,

This is the movement of the Peterborough Cathedral clock, which was known to be the oldest working clock mechanism in the world until 1950 when it was replaced. The stricking train, housed within the main wood frame, is thought to date back to 1350. However, in the considered opinion of Michael Lee, who undertook its restoration after it was removal from the tower in 1986, that it is more likely to date back to 1450. This would coincide with the cathedral records where first mention of a clock is a refernce to “Richard the Clocksmith” in 1452.
The cathedral records for Jan 31, 1687 show

“Rec.d then from Mr. Standish ye sum of Seven pounds for repairinge and turninge ye clock
into a pendulum and to have 20s more of it if approved of.”

and was signed by John Watts. This was only a couple of years after Galileo found that a pendulum gave a regular beat. This 1686 John Watts going train was replaced with a fine going train (painted blue) signed Jno. Wilson Fecit 1836. It is now on display in the North Choir Isle Aisle.

I hope you enjoy seeing it.

All the best,


Tags: Photo journalism General Architecture Peterborough Cathedral Old Clock John Watts Stricking Train Going Train Historic Clock

Voters: bokeh, MalcolmS, taggart and 27 more

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taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
14 Mar 2011 6:31PM
An absolute treasure-- so pleasd to have a view of this-- amazing clock!

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ChasD 10 4 2 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2011 6:43PM
You have captured the detail of this amazing clock superbly. Very interesting notes too. Charles.
Richsr 12 91 223 England
14 Mar 2011 7:06PM
Like the details and good colours in this fine capture James.
Interesting info too.
Regards Richard
andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2011 7:23PM
brilliant comp wonderful detail cracking write up nice one Wink
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2011 7:35PM
A wonderful looking mechanism
EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
14 Mar 2011 8:30PM
How wonderful and what wonderful detail you've captured. So enjoyed your info too.

Sasanach 9 9 1 Scotland
14 Mar 2011 11:21PM
Now that is some clock mechanism James. Well recorded picture and details. Richard
Ray42 11 3 England
15 Mar 2011 7:36AM
An excellent record shot and interesting write up
gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 9:32AM
A great image and interesting write up.
DanielD 10 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 1:45PM
Verygood shot and documentary, as well - superb contrast and colours

LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 3:42PM

Quote:Like the details and good colours in this fine capture James.
Interesting info too.
Regards Richard

Me too.
morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 7:45PM
Cracking shot, fascinating write up, superb detail, beautifully captured.

15 Mar 2011 9:30PM
You have some interesting images in your Portfolio James, especially this clock, great write up too. Glad you are enjoying my Venice ladies, many thanks for your comments.

Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 9:45PM
A good composition and presentation here James, and what a good write up
xwang 10 56 8
16 Mar 2011 9:12AM
Excellent writing up, glad to know... Beautiful colour and detail.

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