A RARE MID 18TH CENTURY WEIGHT DRIVEN ‘HOOK AND SPIKE’ WALL CLOCK WITH ALARM BY JAMES WOOLLEY, CODNOR, CIRCA 1765
the square oak dial board fitted with a pine case to the back, with an iron hanging loop, spurs and removable back panel, the 9 inch brass circular dial with Roman numerals and alarm disc, with iron hand and signed ‘Woolley, Codnor’, the single train, seven day movement with four wheel going train between tapered plates united by four pillars, with anchor escapement and a bell mounted for the alarm, the backplate with backcock incorporating the long pendulum suspension arm, with pendulum and weight,
The clock is ticking but not fully tested or guaranteed.
J. Darken & J. Hooper, ‘English 30 Hour Clocks’ illustrates this clock on p277-80 figs. 5/29 to 5/32
J. Darken, ‘Time & Place, English Country Clocks 1600-1840’ an exhibit 54 pages 180-1 (where the movement of this clock is extensively illustrated).
Born in 1695 to a relatively well-off family, James Woolley became a clockmaker following his apprenticeship to the blacksmith Thomas Tantum of Lascoe. By 1726 he was working independently and secured a commission to produce a turret clock for the City of Nottingham. The present hook and spike clock is rare because it not only features an alarm but unlike many of the thirty hour clocks that Woolley was well known for, it runs for seven days.