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Launceston Church, Cornwall

Launceston Church, Cornwall

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1821

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36360

Item number: f.172

Length: 12.7

Width: 19.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

The Church of St Mary Magdalene stands in the very centre of the medieval town of Launceston, watched over by the ruins of the 12th-century castle. Completed in 1524, the exterior granite stonework exhibits supremely intricate carvings, which Buckler details very well in his drawing. The tower is said to have held the first public clock in Cornwall, which was installed in 1431. Records show that the clock face was renovated in 1888 for the sum of £58 17s 6d by a Birmingham clock restorer.

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