This George III longcase clock has an inlaid pagoda top and an extremely rare 'Beware of the Hawk' automaton with a fine-quality eight day movement.

The maker, John Fernly, moved to Trowbridge in 1773 and made a successful living in the town until 1777. In the 18th century Trowbridge was home to many wealthy clothiers and it likely that the clock was commissioned by one of them. The opulent contents of their homes are recorded in sale advertisements of the time.


Collection of Trevor Waddington, OBE (purchased at auction, Frome, 2000).

Trowbridge Museum

The Shires, Court Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8AT
01225 751339

Opening times

Tue – Fri, 10am – 4pm Sat, 10am – 4.30pm

Closed on Easter Saturday and Christmas week

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