Monday 14 September 2009

Wimborne Minster astronomical clock

Another two cards from the collection sent to me by Alison, these two showing the astronomical clock in Wimborne Minster.  The cards are both unused.

The history of this ancient Minster Church dates back to the year 705, before which a Benedictine Nunnery was founded here by St. Cuthburga, sister of King Ina, King of the West Saxons.  The present building dates from about the year 1120.

This first card shows the astronomical clock, one of a number in the west of England dating from between the 14th and 16th centuries.  It shows the 24 hours around the outside of the dial, with the sun marking the current time.

The second card shows the Quarter Jack, high up on the tower.  It chimes the quarter hours.  These days it's painted in a bright red uniform, but the postcard doesn't show that.  I know, it's black and white,  but if you look at a photo on Panoramio, it does look different.
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