Victorian Photograph c1899
Showing the clock in situ, hanging in the Dining Hall of Christ's Hospital Hertford
The clock in situ on the opposite wall in the re-furnished Dining Hall of C.H Hertford in 1906. New additions to the Hall had come from London CH after its closure in 1902.
would like to thank Mike Barford and his team at the Christ's Hospital Museum in Horsham, who have been so kind and helpful by researching this clock and Mr Willcox for me. Also for supplying me with the Victorian and Edwardian photographs and allowing me to use them along with other previous printed documents and information on Christ's Hospital and B.A Willcox for this website. Also many thank's to Christ's Hospital for giving me some original blank frieeze and finilas to mount each side of the clock. - I am truly grateful!
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Below - showing an Edwardian Photograph c1906
would like to thank Phyllis Hoffman (a former pupil of CH Hertford) for supplying and allowing me to use her colour photograph of the Hertford Dining Hall with the clock in situ c1985 - which shows that the unusual clock case top mouldling was made to match the Newgate frieze top moulding - suggesting to me that the clock probably spent about the first 20 years of its life hanging with the frieze in the London Christ's Hospital School where it was originally gifted by Mr B. A. Willcox - before being salvaged and moved to Hertford - sometime after 1897- when it had just been decided that the London school was to close.
Below, showing another Victorian photograph of the clock in situ c1899
Images of Christ's Hospital, London
Images of Christ's Hospital, Hertford
Showing pupils in the Dining Hall with the clock in situ 3rd March 1953
Christ's Hospital, Hertford
hen the Christ's Hospital School, Hertford closed in 1985, the clock was removed from its pride of place in the Dining Hall and 25 years later appeared at a public auction. The auction was held by Gardiner Houlgate on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd October 2010, Lot no. 1605 – where it failed to reach a reserve price. I purchased the clock in October 2013 from a respected antique clock dealer in the South West of England, who was totally unaware of the clocks fascinating historical background and provenance, but thankfully had the sense and sensitivity to leave the clock in its totally original, untouched and complete condition. It was not until after I had purchased the clock that its amazing history and provenance started to unfold. However the question had to be asked – how did this wonderfully historical and magnificent giant wall clock become separated from Christ’s Hospital and what happened to the clock between 1985 and 2010? Having now researched the matter further – I have found that although the clock was not listed in their catalogue or sold at Christ’s Hospital Hertford’s own auction held around the time of the schools closure in 1985 – there is a very interesting typed document which has recently come to light with extracts from a listing that was prepared of items which were at Christ’s Hospital Hertford in 1984 - and this original document not only lists Mr Wilcox’s clock as being in the Dining Hall, but also - hand written in pencil and next to the clock’s listing – is the word ‘ sell ‘. Christ’s Hospital clearly show here that they had intentions to sell the clock and we can only assume now that - they did sell the clock (perhaps to a private individual) and this explains why the clock eventually turned up at a public auction some 25 years later. This is an important document because it explains how the clock that Mr Wilcox had custom made - to serve its pupils back in 1879 sadly became parted from Christ’s Hospital in 1985.
n November 2014, Christ's Hospital kindly gave me two seperate five foot lengths of original blank fieeze and two original finials to place each side of the clock - this has not only allowed me to re-unite the clock with some of it's original surroundings - but when in place - will also allow me to virtually replicate the clock's appearence of how it originally looked in the Hertford Dining Hall - keeping it's fabulous historical background alive!
Colour photo of 1985 shows the clock top frieze moulding matches the London frieze
Written in pencil
The word 'sell ' can be clearly seen next to the clock's listing
Extracts from a listing that was prepared - showing items which were at Christ's Hospital, Hertford in 1984. The Wilcox clock and measurements are listed.
Richard Savages castlellated join clearly shows in the dial centre. A rare and early feature used by Savage. The superb long iron hand is original.
Showing a rare feature by Richard Savage. The inclusion of the word 'of ' in a signature - usually points to a clockmakers earliest period of working.
Showing the 10 inch brass dial of the Richard Savage hooded wall clock.
A side movement picture showing - (a) Savages unique way of fixing the dial to movement by the upper iron L shaped bracket which is riveted to dial and then fixes on top of iron top plate of movement by a screw and pin - (b) and a lower dial lug is pinned through lower movement center bar. The fabulous goblet shaped collets, lantern pillars and iron top and bottom plates are all typical features by Richard Savage.
Showing a close up of the cherub head spandrel.
Showing a close up of the cherub head spandrel.
th century clocks by Richard Savage of Shrewsbury never fail
ot only is the clock (which is illustrated below) very interesting
in its own right and made by the earliest domestic clockmaker in the county of Shropshire from whom work is known to survive today, but it also has a fascinating and historical provenance - which is also revealed below!
Showing a side view of the Richard Savage hooded wall clock