E.J.Wilkins

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Winchester


Clocks

Three of the clocks that adorn the High Street in Winchester, taken quite late on an overcast day.

I'm not sure of the details of the two in the left hand picture, but the one on the right is on the former Guildhall, built in 1713. Beneath the leaden and gilt painted statue of Queen Anne in a niche are the words "Anna Regina. Annus Pacifico 1713".

- British History online -  says
The town clock, presented by Sir William Paulet in 1713, supported by a richly-carved bracket of timber, projects from this elevation; a curved pediment surmounts the dials, of which there are two, facing up and down the High Street. A belfry of timber, with a lead-covered cupola crowned by a gilded ball and vane, rises above the west end of the building. In the belfry is hung the curfew-bell, which is still rung at eight o'clock in the evening. The inscription on it states that it was cast by Clemant (sic) Tosiear in the year 1702.
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Winchester


Clocks

Three of the clocks that adorn the High Street in Winchester, taken quite late on an overcast day.

I'm not sure of the details of the two in the left hand picture, but the one on the right is on the former Guildhall, built in 1713. Beneath the leaden and gilt painted statue of Queen Anne in a niche are the words "Anna Regina. Annus Pacifico 1713".

- British History online -  says
The town clock, presented by Sir William Paulet in 1713, supported by a richly-carved bracket of timber, projects from this elevation; a curved pediment surmounts the dials, of which there are two, facing up and down the High Street. A belfry of timber, with a lead-covered cupola crowned by a gilded ball and vane, rises above the west end of the building. In the belfry is hung the curfew-bell, which is still rung at eight o'clock in the evening. The inscription on it states that it was cast by Clemant (sic) Tosiear in the year 1702.
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comments (9)

  • Kay
  • United States
  • 4 Jun 2008, 01:51
I love the story about this clock. It is so precious. Winchester's residents today have so much in common with those of days passed...all in hearing distance have heard the same clock chime. Lucky people!

Thanks for sharing these details. It makes me want to visit and stay for a little exploring.
EJWilkins: I hadn't thought of it in that way Kay, it really is a link with the past
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 4 Jun 2008, 07:28
This is some great street to walk around and stare at the nice building, thank you for the information on the clock, I think the clock is one of those inventions we will use until the end of mankind, time, what is time.....a clock shows...thank for sharing.
EJWilkins: It's a nice old street with plenty of character, lots of little bits and pieces to see.
They are charming indeed Ellie
EJWilkins: wink something else to "look up" for
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 4 Jun 2008, 11:26
Nice shots Ellie. Love the larger street scene.
EJWilkins: The one on the right gives an idea of scale, and also that it's a hill. There had been more people about when I started walking up the street, but shops close at 5:30, so no real reason for anybody to linger
Interesting clocks Ellie, and a nice little cafe to sit outside and watch the world go by. Perfect.
EJWilkins: It is nice to sit and watch, but not that day it was far too chilly, and also starting to get dark wink
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Jun 2008, 17:34
That's certainly some clock on the right - full of character. Depressing to see the same high street names as everywhere else though - the homogenisation of Britain seems to be unstoppable.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: It is disappointing, but I suppose if they didn't arrive and take over empty leases the places would fall empty, or be taken by charity shops. sad
The clock on the right really is magnificent
EJWilkins: It is, and I was surprised by its age, I'd thought it was probably Victorian.
Some fine timepieces Ellie, the Guildhall clock looks in fine condition for it's age, well presented.
EJWilkins: It does look remarkably 'new' or at least younger than it actually is. I was surprised to find it's almost 300 years old.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Jun 2008, 23:26
Very colourful. I am not sure why but somehow these pictures looks sharper than those of yesterday and more vibrant.

By hook or by crook you are the last in my book. SC was so slow tonight.
EJWilkins: Phew, it was desperately slow earlier, thank goodness that whatever gremlims were in the works have decided to down tools and go home.
These pictures were taken a bit earlier than yesterdays, the light wasn't brilliant, it was overcast and getting dark very early. Handheld isn't brilliant under those conditions.

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