Archive of John Shone, Author at Antique Grandfather Clocks

Feb 10 2017

FRANK HOPE-JONES THE CHESHIRE MAN WHO GAVE US THE PIPS(CONCLUSION

At first the government were against this idea  but then for a payment of one guinea a year as a licence fee, they allowed it. This was the first wireless licence. He became very involved with the development of wireless, helping to form the Wireless Society, of which he was elected Chairman. On April 21st 1923, […]

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Jan 29 2017

The Cottage by John & Alec

it sounds strange, does it not, that a cottage could be lonely? harken, while i set the plot to this sad tale but true. the grip of winter, tight as death closed around its walls and froze them with its icy breath. a chilling tale, but true. its wooden ribs of sturdy oak stood well […]

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Jan 13 2017

Frank Hope-Jones The Cheshire Man Who Gave Us The Pips (Part Three)

The business grew and moved again to 32-34 Clerkenwell Road which served the business until 1940. Mr.Boswell left the Syndicate in 1899 and in 1901 it went into voluntary liquidation. Frank Hope-Jones took over its assets and was determined to carry on alone. His first job when he found himself in sole control of the […]

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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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