Wells Cathedral clock, 1392

PART OF:
Wells Cathedral clock, with components
Made:
1392 in England
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Wells Cathedral clock, England, 1392

A weight-driven clock formerly in Wells Cathedral, 1392, including the following associated parts: 2 bells, small parts, a lantern pinion and an original fly from a quarter striking train.

The Wells Cathedral clock is one of the oldest survivng clocks in the world: its beautifully decorated face is still in situ in the cathedral. Originally, the clock movement would have been regulated by a foliot mechanism, but, like many turret clock, it was converted to pendulum regulation at some point after 1657.

Remarkably, no one knows the names of the clock's inventors or its first builders.

Details

Category:
Time Measurement
Object Number:
1884-77 Pt1
Materials:
cast iron, steel (metal), oak (wood) and paint
Measurements:
overall: Height = 2400 mm x Width = 4000 mm x Depth = 2200 mm, (estimated) Weight = 2000kg
type:
clock
credit:
On loan from the Dean and Chapter of Wells Cathedral