Archive of 2014 - Antique Grandfather Clocks

Mar 31 2014

Grandfather Clock information from St.Mary’s Church Nantwich

It is fortunate that the large impressive parish church of  St.Mary’s of Nantwich has a complete set of registers which give the occupations of most men appearing in the entries for the for the 17th and 18th centuries. Thus it is easier to discover the names of Grandfather Clock makers(especially the journeymen whose names do […]

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Feb 25 2014

NANTWICH AND PROVINCIAL CLOCK MAKING

Nantwich is a small but ancient town in Cheshire, some 21 miles south east of Chester and 15 miles west of  Newcastle-Under Lyme. It is remarkable that at least 100 grandfather clocks and watchmakers worked or traded in the Nantwich area before 1900, given that its total population was only in the region of 2,500 at the […]

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Jan 13 2014

EARLY TURRET CLOCKS IN NANTWICH AREA

The most important early turret clock makers in the Nantwich area seem to have been Gabriel Smith at Barthomeley ( and later of Nantwich) and Thomas          Swinnerton at Newcastle -under-Lyme. Both men also made Lantern clocks, the earliest type of  domestic clock made and used in the provinces, and  grandfather/longcase clocks. The London makers had perfected  […]

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