Archive of John Shone, Author at Antique Grandfather Clocks

Apr 01 2019

Cockles and Coffee Part 3

The boredom is driving me crazy today life is pretty dull If I wasn’t so down right lazy I’d nip to the door and pull give ‘ em some bull got a belly full (Dramatic turn of events two English girls have just walked in. the one with the blonde hair is quite pretty but […]

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Mar 26 2019

Cockles and Coffee (Part Two)

I always feel quite bored ‘bout five in the afternoon ‘til laughter rings across the road that’s Terry with his wooden spoon Tells the girls I’m a loon I may be soon The tourists wander in and out wondering what to buy The Burnley lot, well they’ll have owt “Need something for our Vi” Makes […]

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Mar 23 2019

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Mar 22 2019

Cockles and Coffee (Part One)

The Pictures are always on the wall I wish I’d stayed in bed Ah , here comes George with his mating call “ Commo, esta usted “ ? He’s just been fed,eats loads of bread The Roman Pots were late again “ Been up all night “ they said “ Had a date with Bill […]

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Mar 07 2019

Early 30 Hour Grandfather Clocks

. A 30 hour clock is not wound by a key, but rather by a rope or  a chain. It only has one weight and this weight is responsible not  only for the running of the clock, but also for making it strike. It is  once again my belief, that similar to the eight day […]


Feb 06 2019


I took the clock to London strapped on the top of my Austin 1100, and true to his word, the advertiser, a Mr. Ronnie Moore, who resided in Fulham, gave me the £30.00 for it. He also paid my expenses. Although I knew little or nothing about grandfather clocks at that time, Ronnie , who […]

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Feb 04 2019

About John (Part two)

I had not long been married and in addition to a young wife and even younger baby son, I had a large mortgage around my neck and was struggling to make ends meet. I was searching through various columns in a national newspaper trying to find another job, when I came across an advertisement offering […]


Jan 30 2019

About John (Part one)

I hope you enjoy reading my blog and find my clocks interesting. I hope you also enjoy my original monthly clock cartoons and poems. My grandfather clock cartoons have won awards within the clock industry and have been displayed in one of the leading trade magazines, ‘Clocks’. My poems have been broadcast on national radio.


Jan 23 2019

Chester Assizes 1838 Burglary

  Robert Tomkinson was indicted for burglarious breaking and entering the dwelling house of Samuel Humphreys a grandfather clocks and watch maker of Northwich and stealing three silver watches and other aticles. Found guilty,he received a sentence of two years imprisonment with hard labour


Jan 18 2019

Added Ryder to Me, Cricket and Sconny Purcell

A Couple of weeks later we faced St Bedes again in the Baseball final. Me and Sconny Purcell were once again captains. On this occasion we absolutely slaughtered them.There was only one outstanding captain on that day and it wasn’t Sconny Purcell. In fact, If I had scored a couple more runs I would have […]

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