A RARE 17th century clock built by Oxford clockmaker Joseph Knibb was sold at auction for £286,800.

The longcase clock, right, dating from 1665-1667, was auctioned at the Donnington Priory in Newbury on Tuesday for more than double its estimated value.

Mr Knibb moved to Oxford in 1663 to set up his business in St Clement’s and became a tenant of Merton College.

He lived in Claydon, near Banbury, and is known for inventing the ‘Roman’ striking mechanism which used two bells of different pitches to sound the hours.