Victorian Mantle Clock

how did victorian children (from working class families) tell the time?

going on the basis they wouldn't have a watch...

trying to help my daughter with her homework.

the foremen or supervisors (teachers etc) of children would have had a pocket watch or used the local church clock/town clock to keep tabs on time. Some towns had a town crier who would announce the time throughout the night....I'm sure you've heard the "10 o'clock and all's well" in the old movies??!!

Many people had mantle clocks, usually the rich. Often people relied on when regular things happened...such as when the gas lamps were turned on and lit it was a specific time of the day/night it was done.

Other people used the setting sun or sun rise to help work out their day. Farmers for example would bring the cows in at the same time and soon the cows learnt to head home that time on their own. Cockerells crowed at the start of the day so they were usefull alarm clocks.

Mostly though it was routine that helped them know what time it was. Think about yourself, do you always have a clock to look at to know your stomach is rumbling when it is 12 noon?? Our own body clocks help us more than we think.

Hope this has helped!

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