The Earls Barton Clock was made in April 2020, based on All Saints’ Church, Earls Barton, Northamptonshire.
The tower dates from the Anglo-Saxon period, possibly from the late tenth-century. It is one of only a handful of pre-conquest architectural fragments left in England. It is such an evocative and distinct style, we couldn’t resist making it. The style of architecture followed more usual timber building practices of the time, so this was quite fun to do in wood to evoke stone to evoke wood!
The clock was handcrafted in mahogany wood. To keep the clock part to scale (we usually oversize the dial to make a more functional clock), we fitted a small battery-powered quartz watch insert movement. In order that the clock faces outwards we took the liberty to switch the north side of the tower with the east side. Also, this is an approximation of how the tower looks now, rather than the original Anglo-Saxon design. That probably had a spire and wouldn’t have had a clock of course! Perhaps one day we’ll have a bash at a version with the spire.
This was a modestly sized clock, only 31cm tall and 11.3cm wide by 10.7cm deep. The back was left oven, although we toyed with the idea of little hatches.
This clock has sold, but we kept the pattern to make another. Get in contact if you’d be interested.