5 Oldest Clocks in the World


“Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.”

Spare some time to learn about the oldest clocks in the world. I think you might be truly surprised at just how old they are and often how they are made.

1. The Salisbury cathedral clock of England is a large iron-framed clock without a dial located in the aisle of Salisbury Cathedral. Supposedly dating from about 1386, it is claimed to be the oldest working clock in the world. This clock must seem pretty boring to most casual visitors because like many very early public clocks.


2. Located high on the west wall of the north transept is one of the most popular and endearing attractions of Wells Cathedral; a 14th-century astronomical clock thought to be the second oldest mechanical clock in Europe.


3. The south transept of the church of St Mary in Ottery St Mary houses the astronomical clock, one of the oldest surviving mechanical clocks in England built in 1412.


4. The early table clock used built in 1450 for use in a palace or wealthy household, the Gothic style casing reflects cathedral architecture of the time. Each corner pillar has a niche containing the figure of a saint. Part of the case and the bell are now missing. The clock was originally spring driven but later converted to weight drive. A model to the right of the clock itself shows how the mechanism originally looked.


5. This clock is said to be ‘the oldest known pre-pendulum domestic clock still in its original position. It is certainly old, medieval or early Tudor. Instead of a pendulum, it has a foliot-and-verge mechanism. It was built in 1495.


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