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Annewiggy
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76 of 81  Fri 29th Nov 2019 9:12pm  
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Post copied from topic Holy Trinity Church on 30th Nov 2019 7:50 am
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Helen F
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77 of 81  Sat 30th Nov 2019 11:01am  
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You're brilliant Anne Thumbs up The oldest pictures that I've got show a clock looking towards Spon Street and another towards Fleet Street. Like the clocks on Holy Trinity the location up the tower varied. I have a few images showing a clock on the Hill Street side but none of them are particularly old so originally those coming from Hill Street were denied the time. It makes sense that a clock looking towards Corporation Street didn't appear until the road was created.
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Annewiggy
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78 of 81  Sat 30th Nov 2019 1:17pm  
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Benjamin Poole/Taunton's book mention various payments on account of the clock in 1518 including a hand for the dial. In 1633 the clock was repaired. Then in 1681 chimes were put up in the church by order of the mayor, and two clock dials placed on the west and south sides of the tower. from this I assume there was just on clock face towards Hill Street until 1681. Unless I am reading it wrong. It is confusing as I think when they say the "clock" they are talking about the mechanics. Would they have had a dial inside the church perhaps ?
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Annewiggy
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79 of 81  Sat 30th Nov 2019 1:23pm  
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This is what a 1682 "clock" would look like, this is in Alcester Church
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Kaga simpson
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80 of 81  Sat 30th Nov 2019 1:45pm  
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Well, they didn't have television so they liked to see the wheels go round.
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Helen F
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81 of 81  Sat 30th Nov 2019 3:03pm  
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Excellent references Anne. The south clock face would be the one looking towards Fleet Street (ish) and the west one was the Spon Street side.
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