Reprinted from Newsletter 119, dated 2006 June

Kiwi pioneers kept Glastonbury time Robin Huggins

This clock was spotted in New Zealand, in a house built in 1847 amid warring Maori tribes. Any clues about its Glastonbury connection?

We were in New Zealand to attend a wedding, and toured both the North and South Islands. At The Elms, a historic mission house (everything over 100 years old is labelled historic in NZ) I spotted a longcase clock with “R. Woollan, Glastonbury” inscribed at the bottom of the face. I would be interested if any further information about the clock comes to light.

  My wife and I founded Becket’s Inn in Glastonbury in 1973. We purchased 43 High Street as an empty property. The house had for many years been the home and surgery of Dr Malin Boyd.

  Becket’s originally opened as a restaurant, and obtained a full on-licence a few years later. At the time, it was the only freehouse in Glastonbury and offered a selection of real ales from local breweries. The inn was eventually sold to Wadsworth of Devizes.

  We now live in Normandy, and have fond memories of our time in Glastonbury. We still visit the area from time to time, as our son lives in Street. Our next visit will be in July, and we’ll hope to obtain a copy of the newsletter.

  hugginsrobin [at]

Enlightenment came in the following newsletter (120)! —Ed.

Update 2013-12-01: The surname was wrongly given as “Huggett” in the printed newsletter 119 — corrected now.

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