Water Clock. Owned by many years by a Brightlingsea watchmaker and has been the cause of much interest in his shop. It was made by Norwich clockmaker William Bentley - the name is of Suffolk and Essex derivation - and has been the property of Mr Gant of Brightlingsea for many years. The tank is filled with water and a tap at the bottom releases the water in the required quantity. It can be turned on more or less to correct the timing. A float in the tank has a chain attached which goes over a wheel, and this turns the hand. There are very few of these interesting clocks in existence.
Photo: Mersea Museum - Douglas Went
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