COOKE of York


One of the clocks included in our book was the one which used to be installed in the Stables building at Redlees Park, Isleworth, Middlesex. It has been classed as lost for some years and the only evidence we found of the Cooke mechanism was a viewing of it in place about forty years ago. We weren’t sure of the type of clock; all we knew was that it was Cooke made, but signed (ie retailed) by Charles Frodsham (Clockmaker to the Queen at the time). Some photos of the mechanism have recently been traced, but its current whereabouts  remain unknown.

Alston Town Hall’s 160th Anniversary. (Featuring the Cooke Clock!)  

Our book The Turret Clocks of T. Cooke & Sons of York.  A historical perspective 1807 – 1897  is available. To purchase a copy, go to our ‘Buy our Books’ page.


We have received excellent reviews from the following:

Horological Journal, November 2017

The Antiquarian Horological Society, March 2017

Clocks Magazine, February 2017

Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York, December 2016 

Click the thumbnail below to see the cover.






Its scope includes:

1  Thomas Cooke, the early years, 1807 – 1836
2  Thomas Cooke, Optician, 1836 – 1855
3  Buckingham Works, 1855 – 1868
4  T. Cooke & Sons, 1868 – 1879
5  Liquidation and rescue, 1879
6  Partnership, 1880 – 1897
7  Thomas Cooke’s Turret Clocks
8  Cooke Turret Clocks made for the Trade
9  Cooke Clocks made for General Post Offices
10  Barnard Cooke, brother of Thomas
11  A historical perspective – legacy
12  Appendices:
      1a. Clocks for astronomers – telescope driving clocks, astronomical clocks and regulators.
      1b. Watches
      1c. Instruments, tools and telescopes – a very brief look                                                                  And more …..

Click the thumbnails below to see sample pages (low resolution).

For a glimpse of some Cooke products, click here.

We would be very pleased to hear from anyone who knows of the location of any Cooke clocks, or any of the other products made by the company – please email us on

A clock dealer in the South of England has a very attractive regulator clock by T. Cooke & Sons for sale. Click below to see photos of the clock and here to visit the dealer’s website.  This clock was sold from the Cooke’s London address, 31 Southampton Street, Strand, London. This was only operational for the few years between late 1862 and 1869.  (May 2016)

Turret clocks.  Click the thumbnails below for a larger view of some of the turret clocks made by the company.  

The following links give details of the company and their products:

Wikipedia – a brief outline.

Grace’s Guide – the website gives histories of many early engineering companies.

BBC news item about Thomas Cooke.

History of Pocklington – the area where Thomas Cooke was born.

The Science Museum – Cooke items in their possession.

‘In praise of Thomas Cooke’ – The Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

The Vickers Archive – home of most T. Cooke & Sons archives.