04 Jun 2008 • 1,157 views
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 -
saysThe 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.