Each clock has to be wound weekly and checked to ensure that they are telling the correct time. The collection ranges from small carriage clocks to elaborate gilt mantle clocks, and even includes the large turret clock at the Stables, which can be seen from afar. It has been mechanised in recent years, so no longer requires twice weekly winding, but we do have to keep an eye on its timekeeping.
The weekly wind takes one person, on average, three hours to complete every Wednesday morning. It is important to keep this consistency for the clocks’ mechanisms as much as possible.
Every spring and autumn the clocks must be adjusted to allow for Daylight Saving Time. The adjustment takes place on the Saturday evening after the house has closed. In the autumn, this involves stopping each clock for an hour; by the time they have all been stopped it’s usually time to go back to the beginning and restart them again.