Oct 09 2016

Alec’ Joyous Accouchement

stifled moans in drug-like sleep,
pangs of pain are growing stronger
the womb can’t, in safety, keep
its burden any longer.
in haste, from deep protection,
thrust out into this harsh cold world,
a life. such sweet perfection
in fingers tightly curled;
in tiny eyes and face screwed up.
her soft and plaintive cry is hushed
as,washed, dried, and then, clewed up
in warm soft cloth, pink-flushed,
my babygirl, at mother’s breast
secured and loved, contented, blest.


Oct 09 2016


Later in the century were  William Latham, Macclesfield, 1775, Willliam Wilkinson,Congleton, 1780, and John Babtiste (Livery G.C.) 1786, of Northwich 1790. At Neston, Thomas Hardy made a grandfather clock, now in possession of the writer. Originally this belonged to Thomas Mealor of Neston and has remained in his family. Though its exact date is not known, Thomas Mealor was married in Neston Parish Church 1n 1794. Among early 18th. century Cheshire grandfather clock makers were John Shipley of Hyde, who made what was described as ” An exceptionally fine marqueterie Grandfather clock dated about 1705. and John Naylor, the maker of a remarkable astronomical clock ” signed Jon Naylor, near Namptwich, Cheshire(about 1725). Another astronomical clock by Naylor is recorded as being in Cluny Museum, Paris.


Oct 06 2016



i have seen human dereliction

from alcohol and drug addiction

and from other such afflictions

that seem to prey on man

i have seen children starving, crying,

hurt and lost, alone and trying

to understand why they are dying,

prey of thoughtless man.

syria’s streets will bear the scars

of savage internecine wars.

there seems no other god but mars

to whom to pray for man.

here is no right, and there, no wrong,

but only is the middle course

that is right to walk along

and wrong to walk across.

so, all things happen, as all things must

in different ways upon the crust

of this dear earth. from dust to dust.

such is the way of man,

so, should i really care a damn

for other people’s’ cares and woes?

for thoughts of sympathy a lamb

cares nought when to the slaughter goes.

ought i, d’you think, to take some action?

should i really take up sword?

yet then, might i, like other factions,

forget the cause for which i warred?


no! there is nothing i can do

to ease their lot, or calm their fears

except to toss a coin or two

to those in need and, with deaf ears,

turn away, hardening my heart

to all their plagues and cares.

for whenever right is warred with wrong

what ever might, how ever strong,

guiltless among the guilty throng

and so are prey to man.

one finds one’s thread of life at birth,

that tangled yarn of destiny,

and follows it from earth to earth,

from, and to, eternity,

but not one tangled thread should i

make any move to change,

for adam’s sons were born to die.

how dare i rearrange

how any man may do his deeds?

nor can i alter how he leads

his life. i hope somebody heeds

when i pray for man!







Sep 25 2016

Y’see by Corin Trivass

What it is
I get frightened
Just a little bit
but frightened all the same
Frightened by a name
by a cry in a crowd
by a face in the street
by a voice in the back of my head.

What it is
I get lonely
just a little bit
but lonely all the same
Sometimes feeling shame at my mess
of my motives
of the voice in the back of my head.

what it is
I get sad
just a little bit
but sad all the same
Sad at the thought of all that waste
Sad because I am frightened
Sad because I am lonely
Sad because of the voice in the back of my head.

D’you see that?
I mean do you really see?
Or are you the voice in the back of my head


Sep 24 2016


A NOISEY WONDER; a thing of steel,

of smoke and dirt and rhythmic wheel,

of steam and heat and dust and grime,

speeding, needing to be on time

but often not – but who cared?

in those days everybody shared

my childhood love of the railways.

those racing engines, shouting aloud

of speed and power, looked so proud

with maroon coach and smoking plume

and showering spark and choking fume

that caught my throat as i looked on

in childhood days. those days are gone

with the glory of the railways.

for those behemoths days were numbered.

on scrap heaps now, those things of wonder,

in dreams of steam and heat, they slumbered

as paints peel off, and rusts encumbered

their mighty girth. and over yonder

comes the banshee scream of a diesel train.

the throbbing notes of its engines pain

the ears, and peace is wrenched asunder.

redundant now, for efficiency,

diesel power and electricity

replace the mighty strength of steam

that moulders now in silents dreams.

gone! are the things i knew so well.

gone! is the sight, the sound, the smell

and the beauty of the railways.

that’s all i have to tell you, son.

the things i loved as a child have gone

to heaps of rust, forever lost;

victims of change and rising cost


Sep 08 2016


According to the number of signed clocks, of which there are reliable records, the number of grandfather clocks makers in Cheshire was more numerous than in the previous century and the standard of craftsmanship was very high. It is unusual to find a grandfather clock of the 18th century bearing two names, but this occurs with one signed ” John Kitchen and Lloyd, Nantwich “. The date of this clock is about 1700. This John Kitchen was probably the father of a second John Kitchen(or Kitching ) of Nantwich by which a clock was made in 1775. Also in Nantwich about that period, was Thomas  Burchall, maker of a clock  date 1760. An earlier grandfather clock  signed ” Mathew Bushell, Aston ”  and thought to be  about 1750,was by the Mathew Bushell of Arley, Cheshire, 1740. Between 1742 and 1770, the following grandfather clock makers were at Stockport: Josiah Stringer 1742-1750, James Heaph, James Hopper, and H Clarkson , all have clocks dated 1770. At Knutsford, there was a James Hough 1740 and there was also a clock dated 1760 by  John Hough, Warrington.



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Aug 13 2016


In Chester’s first and second directories of 1781 and 1782 four longcase/ grandfather clock makers are mentioned by name: Robert Fletcher, New Linenhall  Street, Benjamin Peers, Eastgate Street; John Smith, Foregate Street; and James Thomas, Northgate Street. Of the last named,  the writer cannot find trace, but of the first three, further clues are to be found. It is, for instance, highly probable, that a second Robert Fletcher, who was a longcase/grandfather clock maker in Chester 1814-1834, was the son or a relative of  the Fletcher of 1782. Benjamin Peers was a member of a noted family of  longcase/grandfather clock makers from about 1745 to 1840. Benjamin Peers of Chester was the maker of a longcase/grandfather clock dated 1790 and listed in F. J. Britten’s ” Old clocks and their  makers ” now a standard work of reference. Over 11,00o clockmakers are traceable through this list, and as in the case of Benjamin Peers, a particular clock by a listed craftsman is frequently recorded with its date. John Smith of  Foregate street, would appear to be related to John Smith of Chester and the maker of a bracket clock of 1740



Jul 13 2016


Recent acquisitions by the Grosvenor Museum include three examples of Antique Grandfather Clocks by Chester Clock and Watchmakers. The earliest is a Lantern Clock of the second half of the 17th century by John Buck. It is of brass and of the usual type, the face engraved  with a floral pattern and the upper part decorated with pairs of opposed dolphins in openwork and with baluster finials, the back and the side plates are missing. Since it was purchased from a London dealer, the Museum joiner Mr. G .M. Stark, has put it in working order. A Longcase Grandfather Clock by Wm.Holland   brings the number of these clocks by Chester makers to four, the others being by  Thos.Fletcher,  Gabriel Smith and Cawley. Holland was active in Chester between 1814 and 1818. The clock is of yellow pine with a veneer of Spanish Mahogany and an ebony and holly inlay. The face is painted with birds, seashells and sprays. The Third  acquisition is a Silver Watch made in 1794 by Robert Fetcher. In the case are three advertisements , put in when the watch was sent for repair. T.Moreland, Northgate  Street,(1845), Paul Price, Northgate Street(1846) and Lowe and Sons, Bridge Street Row


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Jul 08 2016


scuffle! scuffle!–in the silence of the night
a cockroach was searching for food with his bride
and his friends and their kids, then on comes the light!…
scuffle! scuffle! scuffle!  for somewhere to hide.
into the bread bin, or underneath the cheese;
over the bacon, like steeplechase rider,
round cartons of spices and packets of peas,
the cockroach fell into a jar of sweet cider.
anxious moments; trying to climb up the side
but dripping, slipping, and swallowing more
the cockroach got so drunk he lost all his pride
rolled on his back and used his leg for an oar.
he saw pink elephants as big as a house
jousted with robins, slaughtered a mouse
cared nothing for walls down which he would slip
a drunken skipper of a drunken ship.
i picked up the cider, and poured me a glass.
out fell the cockroach (three sheets to the wind,
unknowing, uncaring and helpless, alas!),
he floated in cider for me to find.
when i saw the cockroach i moved with disgust
threw it to the floor, killed it on the spot.
the moral of this story is clear, i trust?
a cockroach gets TROD ON! sober or not.
so, to her offspring, told his poor widowed spouse;
wife of the drunken brown overgrown louse.


Jul 07 2016


Beyond  the following fragmentary note, I have found nothing respecting this local clockmaker. His name does not appear in the Register of Frodsham  Parish, in the Freemen Rolls of Chester, and in the printed  indexes of Wills proved at Chester. The surname is quite a common one in the county. In is probable that the inscription on the sundial at Poole Hall in Wirral relates to a relative of Daniel-it is as follows ” Jno.Seddon, Frodsham, 1723. This sundial at Poole was a work of art, the gnomon, composed of  a griffin of wyvern conventionalized, was stolen between 1895  and September 1902. There is a tombstone in the yard of the dissenting chapel at Hill Cliffe near Warrington, with the inscription in capital letters ” Elizabeth Seddon wife of Joshua Seddon .1769