Gloverstone was once a vibrant, commercial area within the city walls of Chester, During the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries many clockmakers were attracted there. Why?Click here to find out a little about Gloverstone.
Our book, The Gloverstone Clockmakers of Chester
A5 softback book 180 pages
200 illustrations mostly in colour
The history of Gloverstone, a unique enclave within the boundaries of Chester but outside the city’s jurisdiction
Histories of Gloverstone’s most notable clockmakers
49 Gloverstone-made clocks illustrated and described
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Read a report of the book which was published in the Chester Chronicle on 8th November 2012.
Thirty-one Clockmakers are known to have lived and worked in Gloverstone.
Joseph Smith was one of the most prolific Gloverstone clockmakers. He was the son of Gabriel Smith of Barthomley and made many of the clocks for the churches in and around Chester. Many of them are still giving service today, see below. Click on an image to open a larger view.
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Before Joseph Smith began working in Chester, he worked in his childhood home in the East Cheshire village of Barthomley, some thirty miles south east of Chester. A single train bracket clock, was put up for auction recently, which was signed ‘Joseph Smith, Barthomley’. It was probably made about 1720, shortly before Joseph moved to Chester. Click image below.
More news about the lacquer finished bracket clock. We believe we have traced the original owner of this clock. Take a look here.
A Joseph Smith bracket clock in need of restoration – before and after photos.
A Joseph Smith lacquer finished bracket clock was advertised for sale in the USA during October 2015. See images below.
The Coy Man clock by Thomas Hampson made during the early years of his career was described fully in our article: Thomas Hampson of Wrexham – His Chester Phase. This is one of only a handful of his clocks with a Chester signature. Read the article here.