1600s clock Gdansk public sphere time tower clock

Tower clock from the vicinity of Gdańsk

The sound of the 17th-century tower clock from the vicinity of Gdańsk. The recording was realized in the Tower Clock Museum, branch of Gdańsk History Museum (Poland).
The clock was manufactured in the late 17th century in a clockmaker’s workshop in Gdańsk. Its author remains unknown. Rate mechanism with anchor escapement as well as the hour striking mechanism of the ratchet system were applied in the clock.
Before the popularization of house clocks and pocket clocks, tower clocks were used to indicate the time in the town. Many of them were equipped with the hour striking mechanism thanks to which it was possible to find out what the current time was also from a distance.

Sound recordist: Monika Widzicka
Photographer: Piotr Leszczyński
Video recordist: Piotr Leszczyński


1.9 MB
21 s
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Recorded on January 29, 2015
Tower Clock Museum
Gdańsk, POLAND
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