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Jubilee Village Clock



Since Diamond Jubilees of Monarchs are rare events, it seemed appropriate to mark that of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 with a clock.  The one on the gable end of Culworth Forge was made within that building by the blacksmith, Martin Rowling, to his own design. It features a single hand passing over a 6 hour dial on which two hours are marked at each hourly station. Whilst the movement strikes the hours on a single bell during the day, it incorporates night silencing from the hours 10pm to 7am.  The whole mechanism was fashioned entirely by hand using tools and techniques of a period about 250 years ago and took seven years to complete.  It is claimed to be the only clock featuring a six hour dial in Britain.

Over a hundred well-wishers turned out to witness the unveiling of Martin Rowling's hand-made village clock, also attended by a representative of the Worshipful Guild of Clockmakers, the Fiori Musicali Choir and many other dignitaries.  After the unveiling, Martin gave a brief talk, explaining the background to his 7-year ambition to build a clock completely by hand, using only the skills used by blacksmiths two hundred years ago.  Even the rivets were made by hand - a true labour of love. He also explained the practical reasons for choosing the unusual single-handed 6-hour dial which not only saves a lot of laborious engineering but also gives greater accuracy than a similar 12-hour clock.

The former Rector of Helmdon gave a brief address and led the Blessing of the clock before a rousing Three Cheers was given by all assembled for Martin and his magnificent achievement.  A hymn and 'God Save The Queen' was sung to mark the arrival of the Jubilee Clock and complete a memorable day in Culworth.