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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Cassiobury Park turret clock

Modified and now restored, a 17th century tower clock.
The clock is weight-driven and has two separate gear trains mounted side by side. One is the going train which regulates the time and is controlled by a verge escapement with an oscillating foliot with adjustable weights. The other is the striking train which determines the number of blows struck by the hammer on a bell, probably mounted above the clock. Over the years the clock has been modified and restored, but now resembles, in essence, its original conception as a seventeenth century tower clock. The clock is marked with a scallop or cockle shell and is one of a group of five such clocks.

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