Archive of 2016 - Antique Grandfather Clocks

Dec 12 2016

FRANK HOPE-JONES CHESHIRE MAN WHO GAVE US THE PIPS(PART TWO)

Frank, who was apprenticed with the Thames and Mersey Marine Insurance Company left his post and became employed by his brother Robert in the Hope-Jones Organ Company. It can be understood that because of Frank’s close association with his brother in his hobbies, his works, inventions and experiments would have given him considerable insight into […]

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Dec 04 2016

THE CHESHIRE MAN WHO GAVE US THE PIPS (PART ONE)

Frank Hope-Jones first came into Horology in 1895 when his revolutionary theories and emphatic pronouncements caused considerable stir in the then somewhat stagnant British horological industry. A brief history of his early years explains how he became interested and involved in the horological world He was the youngest of a family of nine children. When […]

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Nov 29 2016

THANK YOU, LORD

Little song I wrote about my daughter many years ago ” Came home late one evening, children both in bed, would I go and see them there were stories to be read. I walked back down the hallway, and halfway up the stairs, it was then I heard the gentle voice of my little girl […]

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Nov 20 2016

A MIDDLEWICH GRANDFATHER CLOCKS MAKER

In 1742 a Benjamin Brandreth of Middlewich , a grandfather clocks maker, died inestate, and administration of his goods, etc., was granted in Chester in that year. At the same time, letters of tuition or guardianship, were issued for the upbringing of three minors, Hugh, Benjamin and Obadiah Brandreth, doubtless children of the elder Benjamin. […]

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Nov 11 2016

The Old Gas Lamp

When I was a kid I wasn’t very tall In fact I was small not very tall at all But in my heart I knew I was a champ ‘Cos outside our house stood  the old Gas Lamp Got picked on by the bigger kids and often got a clout Did as I was told me, […]

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Nov 07 2016

NANTWICH ASTRANOMICAL CLOCK IN PARIS

In the Cluny Museum in Paris, where the unique mediaeval collections are housed so aptly in the hotel of the Abbots of Cluny, there is an old English astronomical  bracket clock in an ebony case by Joseph Taylor of ” Nampwitch dans le Cheshire Temps de Louis XIII “. but the following additions will interest present readers […]

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Oct 09 2016

Alec’ Joyous Accouchement

stifled moans in drug-like sleep, pangs of pain are growing stronger the womb can’t, in safety, keep its burden any longer. in haste, from deep protection, thrust out into this harsh cold world, a life. such sweet perfection in fingers tightly curled; in tiny eyes and face screwed up. her soft and plaintive cry is […]

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Oct 09 2016

FURTHER CHESHIRE GRANDFATHER CLOCKMAKERS OF 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY

Later in the century were  William Latham, Macclesfield, 1775, Willliam Wilkinson,Congleton, 1780, and John Babtiste (Livery G.C.) 1786, of Northwich 1790. At Neston, Thomas Hardy made a grandfather clock, now in possession of the writer. Originally this belonged to Thomas Mealor of Neston and has remained in his family. Though its exact date is not […]

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Oct 06 2016

ALEC’S IMPASSE

IMPASSE i have seen human dereliction from alcohol and drug addiction and from other such afflictions that seem to prey on man i have seen children starving, crying, hurt and lost, alone and trying to understand why they are dying, prey of thoughtless man. syria’s streets will bear the scars of savage internecine wars. there […]

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Sep 25 2016

Y’see by Corin Trivass

Y’see What it is I get frightened Just a little bit but frightened all the same Frightened by a name by a cry in a crowd by a face in the street by a voice in the back of my head. Y’see What it is I get lonely just a little bit but lonely all […]

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