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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 5th November, 2012)

Amused about time

Amused about time
The amused about time shot shows the "muses" at either side of the clock at St Wilfrid's, Standish.

Photo: John Morris  (Nikon D200 and a Nikon 70-300 VR lens)
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Comment by: Ken R on 5th November 2012 at 00:04

Time marches on. Has there been some repair work done on the outer framework there seems to be an extra band on the top half. Muses or Gargoyles??

Comment by: Roy on 5th November 2012 at 00:40

That,s a great shot of the clockface, i lived only 100 yards from the church for many years and looked at the clock what, 20 times a day? but i have never seen it as clear as that, thank you John

Comment by: Janice on 5th November 2012 at 08:22

Great photo John. As Roy says, you see something on a regular basis but don't actually 'see' it. I set myself the task of walking around Atherton a few months back to see what opportunities presented themselves for photographs - and it turned out to be quite a few. An interesting exercise.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 5th November 2012 at 09:22

What a striking picture John, excuse the use of words!!! I remember this church just a little as my church was St Marie's so I never went in St Wilfs but I am sure I would have seen this magnificent clock face often. Cheers!!

Comment by: Roy on 5th November 2012 at 09:28

Definately not Gargoyles Ken, as you probably know they are designed to take water through a spout from a roof or the side of a building. You tell what a 'muse' is, in Greek mythology it was one of nine goddesses,what is a modern day muse?

Comment by: Ken R on 5th November 2012 at 13:37

Thanks Roy, the repairwork probably is lead flashing around them top half and capping the "Muses"

Comment by: Roy on 5th November 2012 at 15:06

As i said earlier i lived 100 yards from the church for 20 odd years, all the 40s,50s and early 60s, there are 3 clocks on the steeple and the strike is every 15 minutes for 365 days a year, that,s 35,040 strikes a year plus the hour strike which as you know is anything between 1 and 12 times. The number of times i,ve lain awake listening to the chimes i couldn,t say, but it was a lot. Lie in,s were very few and far between, it sounds like i,m complaining but i wouldn,t have wanted it any other way, it was all part of village life then and still is, albeit a bigger 'village' now.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 5th November 2012 at 16:50

I`m a bit surprised that nobody has said that there are only three clockfaces and not four.
They are on the North, South and West sides.

Comment by: Mick on 5th November 2012 at 17:43

Is that the time already.

Comment by: John Morris on 5th November 2012 at 18:59

Thanks for the comments everyone. I took the name "muses" from the former Rector. In reply to Janice, it is indeed an interesting exercise,to really LOOK, and what you see can change dramatically depending on the position of the sun. The mundane can change into a thing of beauty as the light changes.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 5th November 2012 at 19:32

The general name for carved "ornamental" figures is "grotesques" and very often they are "ugly" reflecting the common usage of the word. However they can be "decorative." A "grotesque" that is a water-spout is a "gargoyle".

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 5th November 2012 at 19:44

It is not too unusual for church clock towers to have only three faces with clocks. Much depends on the height of the clock/tower. If the clocks are positioned very high and well above the main roof of the church they be easily seen from all directions and there are likely to be four clocks. If this is not the case and the roof impedes the view of the clock tower, then there might be three. Since many clock towers are at the west end of the church (at the entrance) then the roof would obstruct the east face of the clock tower and this is the face most likely not to have a clock.

Comment by: alan banks on 5th November 2012 at 19:48

good shot john well done.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 5th November 2012 at 21:08

Ken R, the lead flashing and capping the "Muses" is likely to be, in addition to repair, preventative maintenance. Stonework corrosion can occur due to weak sulphuric acid rain which is caused by sulphur di-oxide formed by burning fossilized fuel. As you can see, it is the upper parts of the stonework that are being protected, precisely those areas where rain might lodge/penetrate.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 5th November 2012 at 21:44

Roy, your comment at 15:06 wasn`t shown when I posted my comment at 16:50.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 5th November 2012 at 21:55

Wow,didnt expect that !

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 5th November 2012 at 22:48

Didn`t expect what? Jean

Comment by: Roy on 6th November 2012 at 02:00

No problem Ernest!

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 6th November 2012 at 19:37

A completely different picture to what we normally see Ernest,,,I think it is great!

Comment by: Harry on 13th June 2015 at 21:37

Couldn't agree more, when the expected comes we come to expect. I agree with Mick and Neil.

Comment by: Dave on 24th July 2015 at 20:45

I,m with Roy on this

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