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Inspiration behind ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Part 2

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The Clock

1660-1680 was the time the longcase clock reached near perfection. It bore a newly designed anchor escapement believed to have been designed by Gulielmus (William) Clement of London in the year 1671, thus giving the clock more accuracy.

Some believe he is also the creator of the longcase that housed the longer pendulum.  The real William Clement is also credited with building ‘The Turret Clock’ for Kings College Cambridge in 1671 for which he was handsomely paid £42. The clock is now housed in the Science Museum, London.

Turret Clock

Here is an image of the top part of one of the Clement Clocks

c1965 Gulielmus Clement clock

This is where the magic was woven from. The story of the Clement family stems fictionally from Gulielmus (William) Clement.

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Quote from the book ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time.’

A big brass face, once bright and gleaming, barely shimmers as his long, black hands rotate slow, but sure. The intricately carved, flame mahogany long-case, was a warm golden reddish brown a year ago. Now dull, and softly muted by the accumulation of dust, it still wraps protectively around the golden pendulum heart.

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If you missed the first part of ‘Inspiration behind ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Click HERE to go check it out.

Part 3 will follow soon, and will give a little insight into the characters from the story.

Happy Reading



Inspiration behind ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Part 1

During a recent blog interview I was asked about what inspires me to write, and I gave the example of ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ which came about after I won 1st prize in a seasonal short story competition with my entry ‘The Magic of Grandfather Christmas’.

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Original Inspiration

I was originally inspired to write this story when I became interested in how the ‘Grandfather Clock’ got its name.

In my local library I found a wonderful book and the quote that stands out for me is this:

‘A grandfather clock has a face and a voice. As its name suggests, it is more than a piece of furniture; it is a member of the family’
Richard C.R. Barder 1983

(The book was ‘English Country Grandfather Clocks’)

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After a great deal more research both through books and websites I discovered a fascinating song. ‘Grandfather’s Clock’ written by Henry Clay Work, an American who had heard an intriguing story in 1874 whilst visiting ‘The George Hotel’ in Piercebridge, North Yorkshire, England. To read this story click the image below :-

Grandfather Clock Inspiration

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My favourite version of the song is by Tom Roush

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Well I don’t know if you are aware, but I am a Read-a-holic so one tiny little bit of information lead to a whole lot more. The Victorian Era is one of my favourites, so for the rest of the story I dipped in and out of the library and tangled myself further in the web.

Now I do not wish to bore you all in one go, so I have decided to share where I took my inspiration from, for ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ over several parts.

I hope you enjoyed this little post. I would love to hear your comments and if you enjoyed it come back soon for Part 2.

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Happy Reading




Seasonal, Sweet & Suspenseful

Christmas came early for me in 2014

This was in the form of a published new short story, my first ever in Kindle Format. I was very honored to be part of a group of new authors to be featured in a seasonal anthology. My story is:-

‘The Magic of Grandfather Christmas’

There are 20 little short stories and many of them are very moving, on more than one occasion my eyes glistened. Worth a peek. If you have a spare moment I would love your thoughts?

I am now inspired to develop the story into a full length novel in the Historical/fiction genre. So watch this space. Thanks for reading 🙂


Here is a little sample from my story:



Christmas Eve 1880, Grandfather, with an air of solemnity, begins to chime out the hour of midnight. Even at a majestic height of 8ft, he is currently hidden in a blackened corner of the parlour; his presence felt through the day only by his sad, mournful ticking. Grandfather has always had an air of magic surrounding him bestowed upon him by Old Father Time himself, but until now there has never been a need to use it.

The fire is dwindling, its embers barely bright enough to cast the shadow of the broken man upon the wall. Cole Clement is lost deep in his sadness; little did he notice the evening slowly spilling into the room wrapping him in its quiet darkness. How time passes. There will be no jolly Christmas cheer this year. The gloomy little cottage is not even bedecked with a solitary sprig of holly; the only similarity to last year is the soft aroma of the slowly burning apple-wood logs.