Dec 14 2017

Robert Bowers Watch & Clockmaker, Chester 1801

Robert Bowers, Goldsmith, Jeweller, Watch and Clockmaker informs his numerous friends and the public that he has removed his repository and manufactory from Bridge Street Row to the premises lately occupied By Mr. Owens apothecary, and Mrs. Washington and Gamon, milliners at the lower end of Eastgate Street Row ,near the hotel, which he has fitted up in an elegant manner and laid in a large assortment of  silver plate,  jewellery and fancy goods which he trusts will be found on inspection inferior in taste and fashion to few collections in the United Kingdom. All kinds of articles in the above branches, made and repaired in the neatest manner.


Dec 11 2017

Won’t Break My Word

I know you’ve got something to ask me,you know I’ve been telling lies
but you don’t have to say a thing, I can see it in your eyes
so baby, don’t say a word, don’t say a word, don’t say a word
so baby don’t say a word, don’t say a word, don’t say a word

You saw me with another ,you now I’ve been untrue
but I’m so very sorry I just coudn’t say a word to you,
no I just couldn’t say a word, couldn’t say a word.couldn’t say a word
no I just couldn’t say a word. couldn’t say a word, couldn’t say a word.

I ‘ve been your only lover,and you know that you’ve been mine,
I’f you will just forgive me, I”ll never again cross that line.

I’ll always be beside you, be there when you call
form now until forever, I promise you my all,
this time I won’t break my word, won’t break my word, won’t break my word
this time I won’t break my word, won’t break my word, won’t break my word,



Dec 06 2017

Chester Clock Robbery 8th March 1933

Chester Chronicle 8th March 1833.

Whereas some person or persons did late on Wednesday night the 6th or early on Thursday the 7th instant, break into the shop occupied by BRYARS, WATCHMAKERS, Eastgate Street Row, Chester and did steal from there THREE CLOCKS ,with Samuel Bryars, Chester, on the same,a nd ONE CLOCK(without name)striking on four bell; also a centre seconds WATCH without case, maker’s name Francis Weehouse, Sheffield 1770 and Broomhead Sheffield , on a silver bar and a capped and jewelled watch, maker’s name, John Jagre, Grosvenor Street, London.

Notice is hereby given that a reward of FIVE POUNDS will be paid to the individual giving such information as shall lead to the apprehension and conviction of the offenders , upon application to George Allen solicitor , Chester.

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Nov 23 2017


Chester Chronicle 27th January 1836.
We have lately seen a large turret clock, upon a magnificent scale, at the shop of Mr. Fletcher, clockmaker at the Eastgate, which is entirely of Chester manufacture. It is intended for the stable tower at Eaton Hall and gives the time on four different dials, strikes the hours and quarters and goes for eight days without winding. We are not familiar with mechanisms of this description, but we understand that it is made on a new principle of this we are satisfied and that it is strong and beautiful and reflects great credit on Mr. Davies,  assistant to Mr. Fletcher under whose superintendence it was manufactured and completed. It was an additional interest in our estimation, but the ingenuity of its mechanism  must excite the astonishment of even those who are indifferent to localities.


Nov 17 2017

Astronomical Musical Clock and Organ, Whitchurch

Chester Courant 1773
To be disposed of by way of chance or raffle, to the person who throws the highest number with two dice at three throws at the house of Robert Clay known by the name or sign of the White Lion in Whitchurch on Wednesday the 20th day of October inst, between the hours of two and eight in the afternoon, in case the number of subscribers shall amount to 150,but not less less without the consent of the proprietor, the most beautiful Musical Astronomical clock and Organ, which was lately advertised to be sold in this paper.
Tickets at two guineas each together with a draught of its form, and particular description of its nature and use are delivered out to such gentlemen, ladies and others, who chose to become subscribers by J.MONK In Chester, Mr. Jones bookseller, or Mr. Turner Jun. Attorney at law in Whitchurch, and Messrs BROMLEY and JACQUES, booksellers in Nantwich.
NB. It may be seen by applying to Mr.COOPER, clockmaker in Whitchurch


Nov 08 2017

Alec’s Clock by Alec Trivass



“the face of the moment

ticking away

upon the mantlepiece

portioned the day

into twenty four hours

dark, light, and grey



tho’ time passes slowly

passing the buck

with each passing minute

never gets stuck,

for ticking is living, and so he ‘tuck’.



so for hours, and yours and everyone’s time

he faithfully measured,

patience sublime,

with semaphore signals;

essence of mime.



a mouse in the corner

furry and brown

looked up at the clock

whose hands ran round.

he ran up the clock

the clock ran down…..



and stopped!!!



i wound him up again, for the wound was slight.

it needed winding, he was winded; i wound.

it restarted ticking, and ‘tuck’ all the night

and put it in mourning, for day came around

in the clock’s circle: dark — grey and now—light.”







Oct 24 2017

Old Church Clock St.Peters.Little Budworth 1727

The old church clock, made in 1727 is still in running and in reliable working order. The following extract from the original agreement in its construction is interesting, ” It is agreed this 18th of April 1727 between John Egerton esquire and Mr. Joseph Smith, clockmaker of Gloverstone in Chester, the said Mr. Smith for and in consideration of ten pounds, shall  make a large substantial church clock to go a week for Little Budworth, and to have strong brass wheels and all other work to be firm and substantial and to strike as loud as any other week clock shall  doe “, etc,etc.,. the clock face is later and inscribed  ” Simon Faulkner and William Mason churchwardens 1785 “


Oct 19 2017

A Gatherer of Time by Alec Trivass



an horologe aggregator, who lives in widnes town,

gathered to him lots of clocks, bought for just a shilling down.

steadily he added to his clock accumulation

but was never satisfied with his clock aggregation.



he’s quite a jolly fellow who will help you if he can

and if you share his love of cocks, then shoneybum’s your man.

one word of caution, though, he’s not as bald as people think

he’ll patiently explain to you, his hair’s just turning pink!



his passion is for granddad clocks that stand against the wall

and grandma clocks, devoid of frocks, stand naked in his hall.

his other clocks were relegated to his upstairs loft,

which is where i found the timepiece to grace my humble croft.



thirty years it’s ticked away, as it did in days of yore,

screwed up on my chimney breast, and is always keeping score

by counting out the minutes and then the hours of my days

and telling me to not waste time in all my pointless ways.



if you need a chronometer of some antiquity

you should hurry round to shoneybum’s, as there is sure to be

a clock to suit your purse and taste, of intricate design.

dial oh one five, one four two four, and then nine one eight nine.



tell him that you spoke to me and that i told you to call.

he’ll ask you round to show you the timepieces in his hall.

if you do decide to call him up on the telephone

please don’t call him shoneybum, you should call him mister shone.






Oct 15 2017

Thomas Green and Sisters Chester Clocks

Chester Courant-21st. December 1779

Watch and clock trade.- THOMAS GREEN and SISTERS of Nantwich, beg leave to return their sincere thanks to their late father’s friends and the public for the favours he received during his long continuance  in the watch and clock trade, and humbly inform them, that the business will be continued at the same place as usual, for the benefit of the family, by the assistance of an approved good workman who has long had a principal share in the executive part of the business under the late MR.GREEN. All orders of every branch in the clock and watch way, will be gratefully received and executed with the greatest care, punctuality and despatch.

Gold rings, other plate etc. as usual. The stock of millinery goods and china, to be sold at prime cost, or under,


Oct 08 2017

Fish Leftovers



a catalogue of ichthyes and many other creatures!

can you categorize and itemize all of their features?


which of us would have known you knew so much of things piscean?

as drawn on ancient pottery, both greek and mycenaean.



can you pigeonhole and classify, or register and scoop

all the myriad members of this paraphyletic group,

and otherwise enumerate, systematize and so list

all the creatures of the deep, or only those which you have fished.



should you not also mention sponges, molluscs, even corals

ere putting down your pen to rest contented on your laurels?

cite the beauty of the mermaid, as she’s singing on the rocks,

a siren to seduce you, as sly and cunning as a fox.



there are shoals of fishy beings to log, and schools of ocean life

that wait for you to tabulate, in their teaming numbers, rife.

your encyclopedic knowledge would add much to the story.

register, record, index, file, then archive inventory.