A grandfather clock, also known as a floor clock, or a longcase clock, is a freestanding clock with a pendulum held inside its own tower, usually around 6-8 ft tall. The tower to the grandfather clock often features beautifully carved wood at the head, surrounding the clock face. The English clockmaker William Clement is credited with the developing the grandfather clocks of this form in 1670. Most grandfather clocks are striking clocks.
Over 100 years ago there was a hotel known as the George Hotel in Piercebridge, County Durham, England, that was managed by two brothers. The hotel had a grandfather clock that kept time very well. One of the two brothers died, and the clock started to lose time. They tried to repair the clock, but failed. When the other brother died at the age of 90, the clock stopped running altogether, and was never repaired in remembrance of the brothers. In 1875 Henry Clay Work, a songwriter, stayed in the hotel, heard the story, and wrote a song on it.