Posts Tagged ‘clock’

A long case clock

May 26, 2014

The old song tells us that,

 My grandfather’s clock was too large for the shelf,
So it stood ninety years on the floor.

Well that wouldn’t be the situation with our long case, for it is in miniature and it stands about 25 cm tall.

model long case clock at Market Lavington Museum

Model long case clock at Market Lavington Museum

Well, we have put it on the floor there, but you can see, from the skirting board behind it, that it is just a small piece.

The carpentry was done by Tom Gye, well known carpenter and builder of Market Lavington. Tom was about 14 when he made this which dates it to around 1934.. The clock mechanism, which is in working order, is a small alarm clock, removed from another case.

This is another recent gift to the museum and you can see it on display in the upstairs room.



A clock by Ackrill

November 19, 2013

A Timely Disagreement

This post is about a clock. The clock is in New South Wales in Australia but the curator at Market Lavington Museum was recently contacted about it. It has become a topic for discussion and some disagreement about its origins.

All agree that it was made by somebody called Ackrill in Market Lavington. The face of the clock certainly points to that.

Face of clock by Ackrill of Market Lavington

Face of clock by Ackrill of Market Lavington

It is very clearly labelled so really there is no doubt there.

References to Ackrill in the Market Lavington records are almost as rare as hen’s teeth. In fact we found just one reference. In 1802 (On December 10th to be precise) William Allen Ackrill was baptised at the church of St Mary in Market Lavington. He was but ten days old. His parents were Samuel and Margaret Louisa.

Looking through the censuses (1841 and 51) we can find a Samuel married to a Margaret Louisa in Worcester. It gives a birthdate of about 1777 for Samuel and an occupation of clock maker. The very useful site at has this clockmaker listed and a little information can be obtained about him. But Tony, who runs the site, thinks the Market Lavington Ackrill must be a different person. He believes that Worcester born Samuel was always in Worcester. He also thinks the Market Lavington clock is too early to have been made by Samuel.

However, another local expert known to our curator came up with a date of just around 1800 – a time which fits well with the time when a Samuel Ackrill was having his son baptised.

When William, the one baptised in Market Lavington married, he gave his dad’s job as clockmaker.

There is no proof, but on balance we THINK this clock is by Thomas Ackrill who lived most of his life in Worcester. We do not know why he spent time in Market Lavington but the evidence is that he did and the complete absence of other Ackrills points to him as the clockmaker.

He is now listed as a different Ackrill, clockmaker, on the clockswatches web site. If anyone out there can lead us to the definite truth then do get in touch.

To finish this post, some more images. Here are the works.


We can see a false plate here bearing the name Wilson who was regarded as a leading clock face painter operating at the times we all think the clock was made.

And here’s the case.


Many thanks to Barbara and her husband, the clock owners, for sending us these pictures.

A Clock Face

July 18, 2013

Today we look at a clock face which once kept the time in the old Baptist Chapel on Chapel Lane. As far as we know the clock works are still in situ above the counter in what is now the fish and chip shop.

This J A Smith of Devizes clock face was onced the timekeeper in Market Lavington Baptist Chapel

This J A Smith of Devizes clock face was onced the timekeeper in Market Lavington Baptist Chapel

The clock is thought to date from about 1865 and clearly carries the name of J A Smith of Devizes. It is not in good order with missing white paint and added daubs and splashes of blue.

Sadly, we know almost nothing of J A Smith. We believe he operated from Devizes Market Place.

The dial measures about 16 inches across and we believe the clock would have been of a kind known as a gallery clock.

We would, of course, love to know more for our records.

A mantle clock

March 14, 2011

One of the items we have at Market Lavington Museum is this rather attractive inlaid mantle clock.It dates from the 1920s.

A 1920s mantle clock at Market Lavington Museum

This clock is very standard of its era with a neat, small, pendulum regulated movement.

The clock works

The manufacturers do not seem to have been particularly proud of this clock for we have not found a maker’s name.

The clock was a gift to a Market Lavington resident and a plaque on the front of the clock records this.

The plaque records the gift of the clock to May Potter on the occasion of her marriage to Bill Elisha

‘Presented to Helena M Potter by the day and Sunday Schools of Market Lavington on her marriage – 27th July 1929.’

On that date in 1929, Miss Potter became Mrs Elisha and she remained a teacher at Market Lavington School for the rest of her working life. Mrs Elisha was always known as May.

The clock still works you could hear it chiming by clicking here.