Missing Quarter Jacks

10 02 2012

They say you can tell a tourist because they are the ones looking up while walking down the street. Yesterday, I was a tourist, looking up on the corner of Broad Street and Wine Street and noticing something amiss. The Quarter Jacks, or Quarter Boys, at Christ Church with St Ewen, date back centuries and strike every 15 minutes by swinging their little hammers. But they have disappeared:

In the name of investigative journalism, I asked Richard Hoyal, Priest in Charge at Christ Church, for an explanation. He emailed me back within minutes: “They have been taken down for repair and repainting – they suffer a good deal of erosion up there in all weathers. They were last done in 1992.”

Here are the pair in happier times:


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10 02 2012
Jon Crocker

Reblogged this on OISE Bristol Blog.

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