Although unsigned, this form of clockcase is typically associated with the maker William Knottesford, although cases of this form can be found on clocks by other makers. Examples by Knottesford dating to circa 1670-1673 are illustrated in P.G. Dawson, C.B. Dover and D.W. Parkes, Early English Clocks, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1982, pp.180-181, figs.242-244. Others similar enclosing works by Thomas Harris and Thomas Tompion are illustrated op.cit., pp.245-251.
One of England's great early Georgian houses, Beningbrough Hall was the family seat of the Bourchier family dating back to the fourteenth century. The house was ostensibly rebuilt in 1716 by John Bourchier (who was sheriff of Yorkshire in 1719) whose cypher is engraved above the front door and inlaid in parquetry inside the house. In 1917, the house was sold to Lord Chesterfield, who brought with him not only a distinguished collection of paintings, furniture and objects, but also the wonderful carved panelling by Grinling Gibbons from his home in Hertfordshire, Holme Lacy.