E.J.Wilkins

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Winchester


Hampshire County Council.

Perhaps the most modern of all the public clocks in Winchester. This one, which can be seen in the far distance in the picture of - the Guildhall -, is on a tower above the County Council Headquarters Buildings at The Castle. I think the buildings are ex-military.

The weather vane is the "Hampshire Hog". According to the - County Council's web site - "It is not known when the Hampshire hog was first associated with Hampshire, but by 1790 the term had found its way into the dictionary. Francis Grose in "A provincial glossary" defined the Hampshire hog as a "jocular appellation for a Hampshire man; Hampshire being famous for a fine breed of hogs, and the excellency of the bacon made there."

The County's Coat of Arms, granted in 1992, is a 'Rose and Crown'.
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As you can see from the time shown on the clocks, it took me about an hour to wander up the High Street from the Guildhall - map here - and - picture here - to the County Council offices at "The Castle" - map here -
It's a bit less than a mile and would normally take less than fifteen minutes.

The picture is a bit dull because it was getting dark early, even though we're approaching the longest day. Thick cloud was blocking out the sunlight.
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Winchester


Hampshire County Council.

Perhaps the most modern of all the public clocks in Winchester. This one, which can be seen in the far distance in the picture of - the Guildhall -, is on a tower above the County Council Headquarters Buildings at The Castle. I think the buildings are ex-military.

The weather vane is the "Hampshire Hog". According to the - County Council's web site - "It is not known when the Hampshire hog was first associated with Hampshire, but by 1790 the term had found its way into the dictionary. Francis Grose in "A provincial glossary" defined the Hampshire hog as a "jocular appellation for a Hampshire man; Hampshire being famous for a fine breed of hogs, and the excellency of the bacon made there."

The County's Coat of Arms, granted in 1992, is a 'Rose and Crown'.
.....
As you can see from the time shown on the clocks, it took me about an hour to wander up the High Street from the Guildhall - map here - and - picture here - to the County Council offices at "The Castle" - map here -
It's a bit less than a mile and would normally take less than fifteen minutes.

The picture is a bit dull because it was getting dark early, even though we're approaching the longest day. Thick cloud was blocking out the sunlight.
.....
.

comments (16)

I think the lack of bright sunlight may have been beneficial for the image, as the hue of the somber sky is very complementary to the colors of the clock tower.
You can't beat the patina on a copper roof.
  • Ginnie
  • back from Hawaii!
  • 5 Jun 2008, 02:26
A clock tower AND a weathervane! I'm a very happy chappy, Ellie. smile
EJWilkins: If you've got time to look at yesterday's picture and also the one of the Guildhall from earlier in the week you'll see some more clocks, and a sneaky weather vane too wink
Good to see you back Ginnie
Sharp, crisp photo. And the dull background compliments the golden arms of the clock.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Jun 2008, 04:57
I like it, Ellie.
I believe lighting is fine.
Also, really like the eccentric composition, and your narrative is informative as usual.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 5 Jun 2008, 06:15
Lovely details, Ellie. The clock tower looks like it's very well kept up...almost new!
I like that you caught the weather vane looking like it's catching highlights from the sun - must be the color, as well as two sides of the clock. All in good angle of view.
(I hope I'm making sense. I'm tired and about to go to bed!)
Thank you again for a most interesting image Ellie. Adjoining Wiltshire used to be the champion county of pork - but that was some time ago now
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 5 Jun 2008, 08:01
The Gold faces of the clock are fabulous,well done
  • monika
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Jun 2008, 08:06
A clock tower and a weather vane - I thought I am on Ginnie's photoblog! wink
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 5 Jun 2008, 08:53
Nicely done, Ellie! I like the angle - gives a real sense of how tall this must be.
  • Sheila
  • Spain mostly, Enland a little
  • 5 Jun 2008, 08:54
What a lovely photo of a lovely clock tower.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 5 Jun 2008, 10:14
Lovely capture Ellie. The colours are so nice.
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 5 Jun 2008, 13:22
Strikingly simplistic and effective photgraph, Ellie. Very enjoyable.
Very nice simple compostition Ellie, I love the green of the roof, I think it's fortunate the sky wasn't a rich blue or it would have competed too much.
Beautiful capture Ellie. I like the composition and the colours!
  • Alan
  • Southampton.. sunny south coast of England
  • 5 Jun 2008, 19:20
So what time was this taken then, Ellie? smile I like the composition in this and the colours of the copper cladding.

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