Archive of Did you know... - Antique Grandfather Clocks

Sep 21 2017

Water Clock By Thomas Cromer, Chester

A water clock or clepsydra was one apparatus by means of which time was measured. This method was in force from a very remote early period and necessitated a perfectly uniform flow of water. An ornamental form of clock consisted of a base containing a cistern into which water flowed and surmounted by a column […]

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Sep 18 2017

Additional Fish by Alec Trivass

    a catalogue of ichthyes and many other creatures! can you categorize and itemize all of their features?   which of us would have known you knew so much of things piscean? as drawn on ancient pottery, both greek and mycenaean.     can you pigeonhole and classify, or register and scoop all the […]

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Sep 12 2017

Of John and Liverpool Docks

    the hulk of a crane the spider’s web tracery of girders against a pre-dawn sky. the swell of the waves their gentle lapping against the pier. the forlornness of a seagull’s cry. the mournful sounds of a ferryboat; the hooting of a tug, come floating- ghostlike-with the sea mist, which now is vanishing […]


Sep 08 2017


Chester Courant 11th October 1791. No.19, Near the Feathers Inn, Bridge Street, Bridge Street Row, CHESTER Watches, which are made under his own inspection, having from eighteen years study, made himself by working under some of the first masters in the kingdom, perfectly acquainted with the principles of repeating horizontal seconds and plain watches, which […]

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Aug 31 2017

Gowning Over

    you snide, you tried to hide your wide backside.     you sighed   when i’d espied your wide backside.     thought i’d deride your wide backside poolside.     so tried to hide your wide backside seaside.     the tide defied your pride. you cried. love died.     you […]

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Aug 29 2017

Disley Church Clock, Cheshire

Extracts from the autobiography of James Rolston, Journeyman Engraver of Disley in Cheshire The manuscripts from which these extracts are taken, were discovered ,with other records, in a deed box half buried in Disley churchyard. It is dated 1863 when Ralston was 79. He died in 1875 at the age of 91. In the year […]

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Aug 21 2017

Cheshire Church Clock, Eaton Hall(Aldford)-Residence of the Duke of Westminster

From the anti-chapel a turret staircase leads to the clock-tower. Externally, the tower, thrown across to the chapel parapet with its bridge, forms a most prominent feature. In it are hung a peal of twenty eight bells, the largest weighing fifty hundredweight .They are of remarkably fine tone and were cast by the Chevalier Severin […]


Aug 11 2017

A Night On The Briney by Alec Trivass

    the scene – lit up as lightning flashed, was terrible. loud thunder’s boom rolled out and crashed – as water lashed and smashed and dashed itself to spume, driven by wind; the breath of death in the gloom of doom.     the gale drove mountains of water, rank upon rank, across the […]

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Aug 09 2017

Live Your Life by Alec Trivass

life is like a man walking. he has to get from ‘here’ to ‘there’. perhaps, along his journey, he finds that his feet are sore and bleeding. the road is long he decides that he can walk no more. here he will stay. and so he stays, perhaps content, perhaps frustrated. he finds that ‘there’ […]


Aug 05 2017

Ecclesiastics 3

To everything there is a reason And a time to every purpose under the heaven A time to be born and a time to die A time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted A time to kill and a time to heal A time to break down and a […]

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