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sundials dating from the 1630s, I built this site to show a small collection of interesting examples that in my opinion have a certain historic, quirky, primitive, or rustic charm about them. I hope that by illustrating some of them here, it will help bring others to light and add to the excitement I believe these fascinating early clocks have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sundials dating from the 1630s, I built this site to show a small collection of interesting examples that in my opinion have a certain historic, quirky, primitive, or rustic charm about them. I hope that by illustrating some of them here, it will help bring others to light and add to the excitement I believe these fascinating early clocks have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    hanks for visiting and I hope desktop veiwers will enjoy the gregorian monk music being played with each example!

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' Wigton School '

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   have been collecting early clocks from the North of England for over twenty-five years and now find my interest and passion for them mainly lies in Cumbria, the North West of England and the market town of Wigton. It was here where clockmaker John Sanderson was born in 1671. In 1690 he married a local girl from an important Quaker family (historically important for Wigton) and was working as a clockmaker near the Quaker settlement of Tiffenthwaite from around 1691. Many of his early clock dials have very interesting religious verses deeply engraved on them. And in my opinion, John Sanderson may well have been making many of his early religious versed clocks for the Quakers and non-conformists in the area during the 1690s and early 1700s. John Sanderson was the founding member of what has become known as

 ' The Wigton School of Clockmakers' and I am always excited when I hear of any new and previously undiscovered examples coming to light by this fascinating group of makers. Because of my strong passion for these early Wigton clocks, I built this website to show a small historically important collection of religious versed clocks that I believe were either made by members or had some sort of connection to 'The Wigton School' and my hope is that not only will other likeminded collectors and enthusiasts also find them interesting, but it may also help bring other examples to light. 

 

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   llustrated here is a fascinating early 18th century two handed 30-hour religious versed wall clock by John Sanderson which was made between around c1710-c1715. The 9.25 inch solid-sheet brass dial with square box date calendar has an applied chapter ring with floating fleur-de-lis half hour markers and is signed John Sanderson, Wigton Fecit. The deeply engraved multiple religious verses to the dial are particularly interesting.  Although the verses are different to each other, they are all warning us that man should be mindful of death and repent his sins before it’s too late! The verses from left to right and across the top of dial read: - ‘ Our days and years here will Quickly spend, Eternity will come that has no end. The verse to the dial centre reads ‘As time and clock and all things pass a way, A mend your lives for here wee must not stay’. To the bottom left hand corner the verse reads ‘ Esto Memor Mortis’ and to the bottom right hand corner it reads ‘ Libile Tempus a bit ‘.

Wall Clock, c1710

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    he large, heavily built brass and iron Sanderson movement with lantern-style turned brass pillars  has some typical features that are often found on early John Sanderson clocks  including the large and very distinctive shaped back cock and the way the dial is attached to the movement by way of two upper pins to the middle of the top plate and a lower lug fixed central to the bottom plate. The movement has survived in a very original and complete condition throughout including its wheel-work and brass collets.  

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