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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 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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Jul 13 2016

SOME EARLY CHESTER GRANDFATHER CLOCKS AND WATCH MAKERS

Recent acquisitions by the Grosvenor Museum include three examples of Antique Grandfather Clocks by Chester Clock and Watchmakers. The earliest is a Lantern Clock of the second half of the 17th century by John Buck. It is of brass and of the usual type, the face engraved  with a floral pattern and the upper part […]

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Nov 05 2015

JAMES CARTER GRANDFATHER CLOCK AND WATCHMAKER OF WARRINGTON 1780-1848

James Carter’s mother, Margaret (Mary) was born a  Birchall,at Whiston  near Prescot. Though her father was a farmer, there are many Birchalls listed as clock, watch or movement makers. When Thomas Birchall ” declined farming “, the family moved to Warrington and took a place in the Buttermarket while James attended the Rev. Glazebrooke’s school. Aged […]

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Jan 09 2015

SHAPE OF GRANDFATHER CLOCK HOODS

I think that the shape of a grandfather clock hood either makes or breaks a clock. Every clock needs the right shape of hood. A simple flat top can be just as good as an elaborate swan neck. On a typical early nineteenth century Cheshire clock, will be found fairly squat swan necks and quite […]

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Jan 03 2015

Eight Day and 30 hour grandfather clocks

                                                Eight Day and 30 Hour Grandfather Clocks                                          Have you ever wondered  why the majority of grandfather clocks were made to run for eight days and 30 hours rather than one week  and one day ?.Seems to be an unusual number in both cases. I have never actually read this anywhere but it is my firm belief that they […]

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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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Dec 06 2013

GRANDFATHER CLOCK FEATURES

A feature that some Cheshire grandfather clocks share with their Lancashire counter-parts in the early 19th century is the wide and somewhat disproportionate trunks to the case. However there was a local tradition of cabinet making in Chester and this often excelled in veneered case work. This can be seen on a grandfather clock face by […]

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Nov 08 2013

GRANDFATHER CLOCKS IN THE NORTH WEST

Many of the towns in the North West had flourishing grandfather clock making traditions and this was particularly true of Warrington,  Wigan, Manchester and Liverpool. There were important foundries at Warrington, Wigan and Congleton. In the 18th. century there seems to have been a greater element of mass production in the Lancashire and Cheshire grandfather […]

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Oct 13 2013

Hanging the Pendulum on a Grandfather Clock

Most pendulums have a front and back. The flat polished side of the pendulum bob should be at the front. If you have had the pendulum sent to you fastened to a piece of wood, the feather spring may need a turn to get it positioned correctly on the pendulum rod. Feed the pendulum through […]

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