A history of Grandfather clocks!

One of the most fascinating things about grandfather clocks is the history behind them. They aren’t called grandfather clocks, but rather a longcase clock or a tall-case clock. Just looking at one, you can see why they are called longcase clocks. Grandfather clocks have always been the common nickname. Obviously, the average size of a longcase clock is anywhere between 6-8 feet tall, and most of these clocks have carved ornaments on the front (hood). The more I begin to discuss this, the faster I realise that it isn’t all that interesting. However, what one may find interesting is that the original grandfather clock was first created in England, by the clockmaker William Clement. He seemed to be the first to ever create such a clock all the way back in 1670. What is even more interesting, is that the grandfather clocks with the large pendulums (which are often romanticized on Television and Films) were the most accurate time-keeping device in the world until the 20th century, where we as a race were able to understand more about clocks and technology. Now, the sole use of grandfather clocks is as a decoration, or for their antique value.

The actual nickname for the longcase clock is most commonly the grandfather clock. The grandfather clock had become the most popular nickname for a longcase clock because of the popular for it’s time 1876 song “My Grandfather’s Clock”. according to the Oxford dictionary, this popular song had familiarised the name “Grandfather Clock” to the average person, and after a while it became the popular nickname. The actual story regarding the song “My Grandfather’s Clock” is almost as strange as the nickname itself. It had been composed by an American songwriter by the name of “Henry Clay Work”, who once visited England. Within his hotel had stood a longcase clock, and as the story goes, the original owner of the clock had passed, in which the clock had suddenly stopped telling time accurately. After the second owner of the clock had passed away, the clock had stopped working altogether. Whether the story is true or not is unknown, but still interesting.

There is a lot more history regarding longcase clocks that I want to go into, but I have decided to split these blog posts into parts rather than one big post. There are two reasons that I have decided to do this.  The first reason is because of the amount of words that would be on the blog post if I was to do one big post. There would be just too many words to fit into one post and it would be very unappealing and difficult for some to read. The other reason is that there are so many different interesting facts that I don’t want any to be skipped over for the sake of finishing the article.

I hope you have enjoyed todays post, and if you would like to know more history regarding longcase clocks, then please make sure you keep reading some of our future posts today! We have also posted the last few days so please check those out if you get the chance to! I love being able to spread just some of the love that I have for clocks of all kinds. Although it could be considered a strange interest by some, I find it enjoyable.Thanks for reading!

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