Black and white: Clock Towers

St. Jacob’s Tower in Lubeck,Germany, taken on the Breite Strasse   This Gothic brick church dating to 1334 is known as the church of seafarers.  Undamaged in WWII,  It houses one of the best preserved examples of North German organs from the 16th century.

Breite Strasse street photography in Lubeck

Cenotaph and clock tower in the  middle of Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – built in 1922 as a memorial to the town’s residents who died during WW I.

Niagara on the Lake

High Street, Pembroke, Wales  – this clock tower  Continue reading “Black and white: Clock Towers”

Connected through Time

astronomical clock Exeter Cathedral England
Photo by my husband

The astronomical clock in the Cathedral Church of St Peter  in Exeter, England dates from 1484.  In 1841 my great great-grandfather Richard Ingram Pentecost  was a student at the Training School in the Precinct of the Close of St-Peter’s Cathedral in Exeter City, England, and so would have gazed upon this same clock.

Wikipedia informs  that the fleur-de-lys ‘hand’ indicates the time (and the position of the sun in the sky); the silver ball and inner dial shows both the age of the moon and its phase; the upper dial, added in 1760, shows the minutes.  There is a door below the clock with a round hole near its base. This was apparently cut in the early 17th century to allow entry for the Bishop’s cat to deter vermin that were attracted to the animal fat used to lubricate the clock mechanism.

The headstone with the cross marks the grave of my 3x great grandparents, Richard and Anne Pentecost.

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