Thursday, 28 April 2011

Clock In For Sepia Saturday


In the days before clocks you had to devise other means to tell the time:

Sundial Cottage, Kirklevington

At this university the students, including my daughter, had no excuse for being late to lectures:






Birmingham University

You may have to look hard to check the time when sight seeing in Holland:

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

It's not much clearer in this university town where my daughter spent a year:

Freiburg, Germany

But nearer home everything becomes much clearer:

Yarm Town Hall Clock (Not taken in 1710)

Clock in for more at Sepia Saturday 72

22 comments:

Kristin said...

We had a big tower with a clock on it at the university I attended. I don't remember ever looking at it though. Nice collection of clocks.

Postcardy said...

There is a big clock on the tower of the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis.

Karen S. said...

Funny thing about those clocks around towns, sometimes they are really off! Ours in town didn't get changed for daylight savings time this year and was an hour behind for at least a month! Great post Bob!

Alan Burnett said...

In these days of cuts, nobody seems to wind the municipal clocks up any more. Time often stands still even though life moves on.

Bob Scotney said...

The man who winds the clock on the Town Hall lives in my village.

Carla said...

I love the sundial in the first picture! Very cool!

Carla

Little Nell said...

A great collection of photographs with clock tower theme; but my favourite is the sundial in the first picture.

Crazy as a Cool Fox said...

Thanks for visiting my crazy blog. With all that went on there in the UK today it's hard to see how it was going to be a wedding free day. Nice try though. You have some unusual clocks in and around there. Thanks for sharing!

MuseSwings said...

Beautiful tower clocks! Are you sure that last picture wasn't taken in 1710? Perhaps it was in 1711 then - and in color no less.

Tattered and Lost said...

I fear the towers of the future will contain digital LED clocks. The beauty will be gone.

barbara and nancy said...

I don't think I'd be able to tell time from that sun dial! Looks very complicated.
Nancy
Ladies of the grove

whowerethey said...

We had a sundial in our yard as children. My parents thought it was a neat thing and we loved being able to tell time without a watch. I love clocks. Whenever there's a catalog that come in the mail I am tempted to buy yet another clock. My university had a bell tower but not a clock. Our excuse for being late for class was....well, no excuse, ha ha.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

I have seen town clocks through the East and some places in the Midwest. And I had to wonder if today anyone cares about these in our digital age. Once time was important enough to give it a space in a tower in a wonderful building. How far we are away from that reality, with a watch on every wrist. Interesting..

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

In my town which is most famous for St. Joseph Proto-cathedral, first one west of the Aleghaney Mts. there is a beautiful clock in the tower. It had worked for years long ago. Just recently a group of locals got together and had it repaired. In fact there are four clock faces, one on each side. It strikes at 6, 12 and 6 and makes it so much more interesting. This was a great post.
QMM

Nancy said...

We don't have clocks on towers where I live now or anywhere that I have lived that I can remember. It would be wonderful to have a clock tower such as Birmingham University's. Great photos!

Alf and Lily Creations said...

There are three clocks at my kids school and each one tells a different time! Great photos

TICKLEBEAR said...

i love the sundial. it reminds me of my days in elementary school where a sister showed us how to make one with a cardboard box, a marker and a popsickle wooden stick.... rudimentary but it worked.
:)~
HUGZ

Brett Payne said...

In the Wellington Botanical gardens, just outside the observatory and not far from the Meteorological Office, is a sundial that you have to stand in for it to work. The endless variety of clocks around the world never ceases to delight.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Bob,

These are cool! What a great selection you have shown us today. I really like the tall tower at Birmingham University the best.

Hope you have a great weekend,

Kathy M.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

ok, so none this week?

~Tracie~ said...

I love the sundial! We have have a few clock towers in my state, but none as grand as the ones you posted.

Meri said...

And then there's the old question: Does anyone really know what time it is?