Tuesday, 2 August 2011

ABC Wednesday - Clock

The Winchester clock, recently repaired,  restored and in place again on its gilded timber bracket. The building was originally the 'new' Guidhall built in 1713 now it is the Lloyds TSB bank and the present Guildhall is a much larger and grander building.

The statue is of Queen Anne, the last Stuart monarch  and says in Latin "Anna Regina, Anna Pacifica", which I think translates as "Ann queen, Ann peacefully".  Not that she had a peaceful life but the burgers of Winchester wished her this. Here is a sketch of the Guildhall
  as it originally appeared when the coat of arms of the City of Winchester looked like this
and in fact the city still continues to use the 16th Century arms in its original form without adding crests or motto. Winchester is the ancient capital of England  and the design features the Royal Lions or the Lions of England

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19 comments:

photowannabe said...

Thanks for the interesting information on the historic clock. I just love all the tours we can go on through ABC Wednesday. Thanks for your part.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful clock. Nice to know that it has been restored again.

jabblog said...

The coat of arms is most attractive.

EG Wow said...

Nice to see the clock has been repaired and has been put back in place.

VioletSky-Sightlines said...

That clock is wonderful!
There used to be a website of old, non-working clocks around England where people sent in photos of clocks and the site would automatically post the photo when it got to the time that each clock had stopped at. I thought it was pretty cool, but it seems to have stopped....

Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful post for the C Day and such a lovely old clock! I'm so glad it has been restored! Great shots and thanks for the history!!

Sylvia

Kathy said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful clock and the history with the rest of us.

Meryl said...

What a majestic clock and building. I love how it is placed!

Leslie: said...

Cool clock! I'm always interested in British history! Have a great week,

Leslie
abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

timeless!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Dimple said...

Interesting post. The name Winchester always brings a certain old song about a cathedral to mind! I hadn't know that it was ever England's capital...

Paula Scott said...

Quite the clock! I t is beautiful-and, a landmark for everyone to use.

Shooting Parrots said...

Beautiful clock. Do you know how old it is?

Terrie said...

What a charming clock - and so full of history. Thanks for sharing - the photo AND the info!

Cheryl said...

It really is a lovely clock. The drawing is wonderful. I'd frame it for my home (I'm guessing the clock wouldn't fit on the outside!).

Hildred and Charles said...

Another wonderful clock, full of history. A great post, - really enjoyed the pictures and the information.

Jane and Chris said...

Beautiful clock. I have only visited Winchester once, I visited the cathedral...I especially remember the wood.
Jane x

Linnea said...

Now that's what I call an impressive looking clock! Thanks for stopping by my ABC.

Jo Bryant said...

what a great clock