So church bells were once called (German glocke, French,
cloche Mediæval Latin, cloca)
Wel sikerer [surer] was his crowyng in his logge
Than is a clok [bell] or abbay orologge
Chaucer The Nonne Prestes Tale (1639-40)
The tale about St. Paul's clock striking thirteen is given in
Walcott's Memorials of Westminster, and refers to John Hatfield,
who died 1770, aged 102. He was a soldier in the reign of William III,
and was brought before a court-martial for falling asleep on duty upon
Windsor Terrace. In proof of his innocence he asserted that he heard
St. Paul's clock strike thirteen, which statement was confirmed by
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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