NEWS! We are pleased to say that we are in the process of producing another book, this time for our friend Keith Bates. The book is to be entitled: Early Clock and Watchmakers of the Blacksmiths’ Company.
For more than thirty years, Keith has researched the clock and watchmakers who belonged to the Blacksmiths’ Company. The earliest records he has found go back into the sixteenth century and continue up to 1800. During those early years, there was no specific company for clock and watchmakers so many joined fellow metal workers in the Blacksmiths’ company; they were not blacksmiths, they were clocksmiths.
A new company specifically for clock and watchmakers was established by Royal Charter in 1631. Nevertheless, many clock and watchmakers stayed with the blacksmiths. Keith explores the difficult relationship which existed between the two companies.
Watch this space for more news of the book’s content and further progress.