A real mystery and your help sought…
We have managed to scan around 16,376 of Austin Underwood’s negatives which were donated to the museum. This is probably about half of them, but further scanning awaits the return of behind-the-scene Volunteers to the museum. However, there is one photograph that readers might be able to help us with now.
The photograph is thought to have been taken during the 1976 Bishop Wordsworth’s School (BWS) Founder’s Day celebrations.
This shows the turret clock that was previously in the stable block of the Bishop’s Palace, i.e. the present Cathedral School. Salisbury museum has Austin Underwood’s photographs of the stable block being demolished. Prior to that, the same clock was in the tower over the North Door of the Bishop’s Palace, and a dial can be seen in an old engraving.
The stable block was demolished in 1964 and the clock moved to the museum of Bishop Wordsworth School, where it was restored and set up in the BWS Archaeology Society building, in number 11 grounds. Michael Snell’s book has a photo of the clock in the school museum, which he took himself.
His photograph shows the back of the clock with the count wheel and lead off work for a dial (see pages 195 and 196). However, on the demise of the BWS Archaeology Society, the clock was moved, but we do not know where. We would appreciate any leads that readers of this blog could supply.