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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 13th March, 2009)


The clock in the Galleries Shopping Centre, Wigan.

Photo: Brian  (Fuji Finepix S7000)
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Comment by: sane man on 13th March 2009 at 05:30

nice clear picture again. superb. Shouldnt the 4 be IV though and not IIII ? Ive never noticed on R/N clocks before!

Comment by: DAVE MARSH on 13th March 2009 at 07:24

there's alot to this photo.What time was it, Brian?

Comment by: bob b on 13th March 2009 at 10:49

Your right sane man, never looked close at the clock before but the 4 is obviously wrong, you would think that with the amount of money the clock must have cost they should have got it right.

Comment by: David on 13th March 2009 at 11:44

Incredibly sharp - good image.

Comment by: Jo Anne on 13th March 2009 at 13:34

(From wikipedia)
"Louis XIV, King of France, who preferred IIII over IV, ordered his clockmakers to produce clocks with IIII and not IV, and thus it has remained. :o)

Comment by: Brian on 13th March 2009 at 21:28

Well, you learn something everyday. ;)

Wigan was well known for clock and watchmaking in years gone by. I wonder if they followed this tradition, hence the Galleries clock being made this way?

Comment by: bob b on 14th March 2009 at 10:24

Jo Anne, You are correct there are a lot of church clocks showing 1111, You know your stuff,

Comment by: janet on 14th March 2009 at 16:57

I've just gone to check all the clocks in my house, they are all 1111. My husband mentioned it just a couple of weeks ago as we were teaching our grandson how to tell time with Roman numerals, that they should be 1V instead of 1111, I hadn't even noticed up to then. Now we know the rest of the story, Thanks Jo Anne..

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