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Good Morning Everyone,

This shows some of the circles in the cathedral, on a very beautiful, ornate clock.

The clock has a very long history, but I will just share a little of it with you.

This is Prior Castell’s clock and dominates the south transept of Durham cathedral like a giant golden carriage clock.

Beneath the pinnacles are three astronomical dials topped by a carved thistle. At eye level, on the door
panels, is a painting of a seventeenth-century church interior. The clock as it stands today is the result of a long and eventful history.

The first version of the clock was set up on the east side of the Rood screen during the time of Thomas Castell (1494-1519), the penultimate prior of the
Catholic monastery. It was dismantled during the Reformation but erected in its present position in 1593.

The clock was renovated in the 1630s under Dean Richard Hunt and consequently it is sometimes known as the Hunt clock. In the autumn of 1650, three thousand Scottish soldiers were imprisoned in the cathedral after the
battle of Dunbar. Unsurprisingly they broke up the cathedral’s woodwork to fuel their fires. The clock is thought to have survived the destruction because
it was stored away until 1655. It is popularly suggested that it was spared because the soldiers liked the carved thistle.

If you look carefully at the photograph, you will see the carved thistle, the symbol of Scotland.

As a workshop, I will show some quite different circles.

Have a lovely, Day, Bev :-)

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