Roaming with RAMM – Challenge 1: Answer
And the answer is……
the Matthew the Miller Clock on the tower of St Mary Steps Church.
Well done if you got this without having to look at our hints!
The Matthew the Miller clock is an ancient timepiece with its automatic figures of Matthew the Miller and his two pike-wielding sons. At every quarter of an hour his sons strike the small bells beneath their feet with long hammers and on the hour Matthew leans forward in his chair to the sound of a larger bell in the tower behind him. Matthew was a local miller at Cricklepit, whose habits were said to be so regular that the people of Exeter could keep time by his comings and goings.
The external dial is a replica of the original early 17th-century Beer stone dial which is now preserved in the museum’s collections (and is pictured above). The clock face rotates with the hour being indicated by a beautiful sun set among stars. The minutes are indicated by a later addition, a gilded pointer terminated by a crescent moon.