ohn Sanderson was born in 1671 and was the son of blacksmith Robert Sanderson. It is beleived that he learned his trade by serving his apprenticeship under John Ogden at Bowbridge. He was living and working as a clockmaker in Tiffinthwait (near Wigton) by 1690 and married local Quaker girl Elizabeth Pearson there in 1691. He was the founder member of what has become known as ' The Wigton School of Clockmaking '
superb 30-hour painted pine longcase by John Sanderson of Wigton dating from around 1720. The dial centre is deeply engraved with a religous verse that reads ' Remember Man that die thou must and after that to judgement just '. Apart from the verse there are also engraved tulip flowers and birds of peace between a ' tied knot ' suggesting to me that this clock may have originally been made for a newly wed couple.There is also a rare date calendar. There are no spandrels but there is a type of zig-zag engraving to the whole outer edge of the dial. The large brass lantern type movement is heavy in construction and is typical of Sandersons early work. It is housed in a primitive painted pine case with original external blacksmith iron butterfly hinges has a typically ' Northern' shaped door top. The trunk sides extend right down into the inside of the base. The backboard is original and the clock sits on its original pine seatboard.
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' Remember Man that die thou must '
' And after that to judgement just '