Archive of News and views - Antique Grandfather Clocks

Jun 21 2017

Tarporley Clockmaker(conclusion)

There is an early record of Tarporley  tradesmen in 1789 but it contains no record of watch and clockmakers. Nevertheless there are clocks inscribed Tarporley as place of origin in existence at about the time by William Rubottam(Liverpool 1790-6)and Thomas Read (Manchester 1790-18oo).One example by Rubottam indicates in its dial a moving ship-a possible connection with a […]

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Jun 18 2017

Tarporley Clockmaker

Watch and clockmakers trading in Tarporley have a long and fairly continuous history. It was, however the system in many places for the clocks to be ” bought in ” either complete, or in parts, for assembly and the name of the local trader added on the dial prior to its sale. As a result it was […]

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Jun 16 2017


i walked along one summer’s evening not caring where i went thru’ parks and lanes and yellow fields all my money spent. i heard the bees, i saw them weaving from flower to flower scent their nectar and their pollen yields all to honey went i heard a bird, i saw it leaving a tree […]

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Jun 12 2017

Lawrence Earnshaw, An Exrtaordinary Cheshire Man (Conclusion)

As previously stated, it was intended to erect a marble Slab  in Mottram Church, but it was found to be surrounded by so man difficulties that it was abandoned. The Mottram Burial Board, having offered the Committee the choice of a plot of ground in the Cemetery, it was agreed to erect a monument in the centre […]

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Jun 09 2017

Lawrence Earnshaw an Extraordinary Cheshire Man (Part Eight)

This letter, concerning Earnshaw, was followed by several others, one of which intimated that the people were under a moral obligation to carry out such an idea, or the very bones of the old genius would some day cry out against them. Local poets had more than once sung his praises and expressed their grief at the […]

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Jun 03 2017

Lawrence Earnshaw An Extraordinary Cheshire Man (Part Seven)

Lawrence Earnshaw died poor  on May 12, 1767 and was buried in what is termed as a common grave, thus sharing the fate of many who have faithfully served their country by the faculty of invention. Poor Lawrence had a powerful and a practical turn of mind and a generous sympathy for the people and […]

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May 23 2017

The Vicissutudes of a Cheshire Clock

Chester, from time immemorial, has been a great centre for the making of clocks. To possess one, of what are now called Grandfather Clocks, was the highest aim of many a thrifty couple about to begin the battle of life. In every village and hamlet of rural Cheshire, these clocks are to be found and […]


May 19 2017

Lawrence Earnshaw an Exrtraordinary Cheshire Man (part 6)

All of the complicated calculations,  as well as the execution of this great work, were performed by Earnshaw himself, and it appears to have been his last great project, and upon which he declared to Mr. Samuel Hadfield of Manchester, his thoughts had been intensely employed for seven years and from which he had never […]


May 04 2017

Lawrence Earnshaw An Extraordinary Cheshire Man(Part Five)

Several of the clocks made by Earnshaw  are still to be found in Stalybridge, Mossley, and the Mottram district. The works are of brass and are very heavy, the dials are of the same metal, and are elaborately chased with brass fretwork at the corners. In Those at Stalybridge, the wheels and other parts are […]

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Apr 26 2017

Lawrence Earnshaw an Extraordinary Cheshire Man(part four)

Earnshaw was acquainted with the celebrated Mr.Brindley, and while the latter was conducting the Duke of Bridgewater’s great canal works, near Manchester, they sometimes met and it is said that so engrossed were their minds with the various schemes that they had on hand that the two congenial spirits did not soon separate The countenance of […]