b'The Church ClockBarry Trotterasked. Not too much, I said, but I believe my great-uncle won it in a clay-pigeon shooting competition late last century. That figures, he remarked. The movement inside is a German make from the late 1800s. Ive never seen anything like it before. You couldnt replace it - insure it for 1,000. This estimate of value seemed to tally with the offer Id had for the clock from a Hull businessman, who on a visit to my house saw the clock and without examining it said, Ill give you 1,000 for that clock now. Needless to say, I turned him down.Wold Kennels comprised three old terraced cottages owned by Charlie, next to a big dog-run, in the middle of which was a small shed known as cobblers shop. This was Charlies workshop, where he expertly made and repaired boots and shoes for the villagers. The dog-run housed Bennys dogs that he trained for gun-dog duties, for Benny was a retired gamekeeper whose last work had been on the Garrowby Estate.Sarah, Bennys wife, kept house for both Benny and Charlie; although Charlie had his own house next door but one, he never used it. Between Bennys and Charlies cottages lived Mrs Clint, and Mrs Clint was instrumental in me acquiring the clock Id so lovingly What does it do? was the question posed byadmired as a young evacuee.the clock expert at the BBC Antiques Road Show atThe site of the three cottages and dog-run Hull City Hall some thirty years ago. He was curiouslyis now occupied by Lorna Sleightholmes house examining the church-like clock that I had verycalled Cordwainer, an old word for shoemaker, fortunately acquired from Wold Kennels in the earlyreminiscent of Charlies skills. I was lucky enough to 1960s. Like so many other people with somethingmeet Lorna at her house a few years agoit was a unusualor possibly valuableI had taken the clockthrill for I had known Lorna Campbell as a girl in the to the Show to find out more about it. My only answervillage 55 years earlier.to his question was It chimes every half-hour. Sarah eventually died, Benny died and finally Wold Kennels had been my home as a very young evacuee from war-torn Hull. I was lucky, however, for living in Bishop Wilton were my great-uncle Benny Wilkinson, his wife Sarah, and Sarahs brother Charlie Cullum, who provided me with a home for four years from 1940. I loved Wilton, and still do, regularly returning to renew old memories.The clock, the subject of the Antiques Road Show experts examination, had for my four year stay at Wold Kennels stood on a high shelf beside the Yorkist fire range regularly striking the half hour chimes. It intrigued me as a youngster; I loved it, and still do.What do you know about it, heCharlie (on the left) with Benny and his dogs168 BULLETIN 10'