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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Automaton Clock


Type Street Furniture , Statue

     This automaton clock features Bromyard as the centre of the universe. On the hour, the carved figures of an artist and a nude model on either side of the clock become animated, she dropping the fan she carries to cover her modesty. Above the clock is a carved artist's palette surmounted two carved wooden brushes.
     The balcony was built by the Bromyard firm of Dave Tinton Joinery from local oak, with the clock itself being carved from seasoned lime wood donated by the National Trust Brockhampton Estate. The clock was carved and automated by Robert Race, master toy-maker of Bradford-on-Avon. The balcony and clock form part of the front of the artist's studio and shop, a sixteenth century building and formerly the town library. The project has taken six years of planning and was made possible by both private and public funding. It is part of the town's planned enhancement scheme funded by a number of local, regional and European grants.


(on small plaque below clock, in gold letters) CELEBRATING THE LIVES OF TWO ARTISTS/BOTH WITH A SENSE OF HUMOUR/SHARON JANE HENSON 1967-1992/& PATRICK A OXENHAM 1922-1998

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Oxenham, Michael Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Balcony Oak None
Clock Limewood None
Figures, jointed Limewood, painted 1.2m high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
HEheBMxx001 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Broad Street
Precise location on the fa├žade of the gallery at Michael Oxenham's studio
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1992-9
Year of unveiling 1999
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by not commissioned
Duty of care Michael Oxenham
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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