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Lanterns & Taverns
Thursday 30 June 12:00 to 13:00
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Tavern clocks, a uniquely British phenomenon are among the most exciting and individual of English wall clocks and of great historic and decorative appeal.  Although sometimes mistakenly termed ‘Act of Parliament’ clocks due to the tax introduced in 1797 by Pitt the Younger, Tavern clocks were in fact made from about 1720 until the early years of the 18th century.

The exhibition will include a very rare, previously unrecorded example by Gabril Holland of Coventry.  It is probably the finest example of an early tavern clock on the market, and one of the first such clocks ever made outside of London.

The Tavern clocks with their large, legible dials and bold, gilt brass hands were ideal timekeepers for inns and coaching houses.   Today, the classic simplicity and beauty of their dials and cases make them an ideal choice of clock for either a modern interior or a more traditional setting.

The exhibition will be supported by daily informal talks to be given by Howard Walwyn in conjunction with Milo Mighell.  Milo is credited with having brought interest in Tavern clocks to the market, with the sale of his first Tavern on October 25th 1968.  His enthusiasm fuelled, over the next 9 years, determined to bring awareness of this unique form of wall clock, he sought out Tavern clocks of every style and period, culminating in 1977 with the first ever exhibition at his gallery Camden Walk dedicated to the Tavern Clock. 


Places are still available so please arrive 10 minutes before the event to secure your seat.

Martin Gatto, author of ‘The Tavern Clock’

Martin Gatto is the author of the only book devoted exclusively to the Tavern Clock. 

Martin has been a collector of Tavern clocks for over 30 years and has amassed the largest archive on Wall and Tavern clocks.

Martin is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, a Trustee of the Clockmakers’ Museum within the Science Museum in Kensington.  He is also a member of the Antiquarian Horological Society and the British Horological Institute.   He is currently writing an update to “The Tavern Clock” book which he hopes to publish in 2016.