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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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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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Sep 24 2016

ALEC’S GLORIOUS RAILWAYS

A NOISEY WONDER; a thing of steel, of smoke and dirt and rhythmic wheel, of steam and heat and dust and grime, speeding, needing to be on time but often not – but who cared? in those days everybody shared my childhood love of the railways. those racing engines, shouting aloud of speed and power, looked […]

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Sep 08 2016

SIGNED CHESHIRE GRANDFATHER CLOCKS 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES

According to the number of signed clocks, of which there are reliable records, the number of grandfather clocks makers in Cheshire was more numerous than in the previous century and the standard of craftsmanship was very high. It is unusual to find a grandfather clock of the 18th century bearing two names, but this occurs […]

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Aug 13 2016

FURTHER CHESTER GRANDFATHER CLOCK MAKERS

In Chester’s first and second directories of 1781 and 1782 four longcase/ grandfather clock makers are mentioned by name: Robert Fletcher, New Linenhall  Street, Benjamin Peers, Eastgate Street; John Smith, Foregate Street; and James Thomas, Northgate Street. Of the last named,  the writer cannot find trace, but of the first three, further clues are to […]

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Apr 05 2016

FURTHER INFO ON JAMES CARTER,GRANDFATHER CLOCKS AND WATCH MAKER 1780-1848

There is no journal entry for the ten years that James spent in London beyond the birth of his first four children, James , John , Joseph and Mary , who were baptised at St Lukes. Then in 1815, Uncle George wanted to retire ( he died in 1828), and James Carter came back to […]

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May 19 2015

Further Information on John Cawley Grandfather Clock

It is uncertain when the Grandfather Clock came into the Museum’s possession but may well have been kept in the Museum stores since the beginning of the century. Prior to this it appears to have been in the City Surveyor’s office. Inside the door is pencilled ” Public Offices, Lower Bridge Street. ” This seems to […]

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Apr 22 2013

PAUL, THE MAN WHO KEPT CHESTER TICKING OVER

                          PAUL, THE MAN WHO KEPT CHESTER TICKING OVER                                      ——————————————————————————————– Mr. Bernard Wall, a former Chester  City guide and who writes a regular article in the Chester and District Standard,under the heading ” TALES OF CHESTER “, knew Mr.Paul Fraser, who came […]

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