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Queen Anne period lantern clock made by John Aylward in GuildfordQueen Anne period lantern clock made by John Aylward in Guildford

Queen Anne period lantern clock made by John Aylward in GuildfordQueen Anne period lantern clock made by John Aylward in Guildford

An interesting Queen Anne period lantern clock made in the first years of the eighteenth century by John Aylward, the first clockmaker to work in Guildford. He was born about 1640 or earlier and was working at Brentford by about 1660, then at Guildford from about1683. Tradition says that as a stranger he was refused permission to trade at Guildford. He therefore built a turret clock at his own expense and presented it to the town in 1683. They promptly set it up overhanging the street on the new Guildhall, where it is to this day and gave him freedom to trade there. In 1691 he entered into 'an agreement with the churchwardens of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, to erect a new clock and chimes and maintain it free of charge for thirty one years in return for a lease of two cottages at Green End, Aylesbury, known as the Clock and Chimes estate'. He perhaps put Guildford on some of his clocks because of his right to trade there. He was described later in life as a 'gentleman' and died in 1707. This clock was built with a verge escapement and short pendulum and was modified later to anchor escapement and long pendulum and at the same time altered to two hands. Now restored.
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