John WADDINGTON 1745 - 1819
Died 11th February 1819 at Bramham
Buried in Bramham churchyard 17 February 1819.
Married Ann BROWN 1755 – 1827
1 Mary WADDINGTON 13 June 1779 - 3 Feb 1782
2 John WADDINGTON died 27 April 1827
4 Mary WADDINGTON 6 Feb 1783(?) - 24 December 1840
Clifford was a township in the old parish of Bramham, in the upper-division of the wapentake of Barkston Ash, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It became a separate civil parish in 1866 as Clifton with Boston, which was split into the civil parishes of Clifford and Boston Spa in 1896.
Clifford is a rural village, with a conservation area at its centre. It has a mix of buildings from traditional magnesian limestone cottages to modern family housing. All construction within the conservation area must use local limestone. Green Belt land separates the village from Bramham and Boston Spa.
by Emma EVANS 1828 – 1905
This belonged to John Waddington of Clifford, Yorks, who was born in 1745, and died in Feb. 1819. It came to Bosworth with Mrs. Hubbard (1) and afterwards, when on our marriage she returned to Leicester, the clock was left with her son. She used to tell of this clock that her father valued it so much that he used to say that his children should never part with it “unless it was for bread.”
At Bosworth it used to stand on the first-floor landing, near the drawing room door; and on this landing I once found Arthur sitting when he was three or four years old. I asked him what he was doing:
“Listening to the clock.”
“And what does the clock say?”
“It keeps on saying: ‘Some day ……. Some day ……...’ ”
When in 1870 we went to live with my mother at 16, Kensington Square, no situation could be found high enough for it. So its legs which were rather worm eaten, were cut off and it lived in the kitchen. At Ladbroke Terrace it was on the first-floor landing until the putting up of a large linen closet obliged us to move it downstairs.
On coming up at the beginning of 1868 from Leicestershire to Pembroke Gardens, its works got disarranged, and it paid three visits to two watchmakers. They did not succeed in putting it to rights for more than a few weeks at a time; and its rough country construction was just as strange to me as any more modern make, - and not more so, - I took it to pieces – and after several days of experimental work at it, I succeeded in getting it into good working order.
Although the drawing room clock, which I have loved to listen to all my life, is the more valuable of the two, yet Arthur’s early associations with the tall Waddington clock will very likely make him choose this.
From Emma Evans’ inventory of household belongings written to go with her will. (Date to be verified)
(1)Sarah WADDINGTON 1795 – 1870 (daughter of John Waddington of Clifford) married Samuel HUBBARD
1791 – 1832.
The clock did indeed go to Arthur John Hubbard 1856 - 1935, the little boy who listened to the clock.
I am happy to say the clock is still with the family, having passed down at least eight generations from its original owner. JFH