Ticking clocks at Lacock Abbey

A Victorian black slate and veined green marble mantel clock, circa 1880, dial signed by James Whitelaw of Edinburgh

As we wind our clocks forward in the spring and back in the autumn, spare a little thought for our house team, who have lots of clocks to wind.

David Hollis, Lacock Abbey's House Steward tells us about the clocks and the routine of the team in keeping them ticking.

How often do you wind the clocks at Lacock?

We wind the clocks every week, different people have different clocks to wind.  We keep a record of each clock and how much time it has gained or lost in a week or if it had stopped.

Winding the clock at Lacock
Winding the clock at Lacock
Winding the clock at Lacock

 

What happens to Lacock's clocks over winter?

We continue to wind the clocks all year round because not winding them can be bad for the mechanisms. I have in the past popped up to the attic during Christmas to ensure the lovely chimes continue in the courtyard.

Do you have a favourite clock at Lacock?

My favourite clock is the Courtyard Clock, closely followed by the Regulator Clock in the Brown Gallery.

Clock face in the tall clock-tower at the west side of the courtyard at Lacock Abbey
Clock face in the tall clock-tower at the west side of the courtyard at Lacock Abbey
Clock face in the tall clock-tower at the west side of the courtyard at Lacock Abbey
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