JOYCE of Whitchurch

JOYCE of Whitchurch     Clockmakers 1690 – 1965

The Joyce family were Shropshire clockmakers for almost three hundred years. Click here to find out about the family and our researches.

Now available!   See Buy our Books page

  • Cover squareHardback book      670 pages     Over 1,500 illustrations, mostly in colour.
  • History of the Joyce family of clockmakers based at Wrexham, Cockshutt and Whitchurch, including some examples of non-turret clocks they made.
  • A chronology of Joyce turret clocks tracing the development in turret clock design.
  • A year in the life  – 1957 from the company Day Book.
  • And much more.  
    Click the thumbnails below to see some sample pages from the book:

The Whitchurch Herald and the Chester Chronicle newspapers ran reports on the book. 

Read Chris McKay’s review of our book, below, which was published in the Horological Journal, February 2014 issue.

The February 2014 edition of Clocks Magazine contained a review of our book. John Hunter began….  ‘………… it seems, the noises coming out of the British government are indicating that the economy is on the mend – and no bad thing too. I think this is reflected in the horological world. Correct me if I’m wrong, but there seems to be a more positive note around and about.    We can see this in a number of ways – even in this issue of CLOCKS Magazine. For example on page 30 you will find a review of a magnificent new book about Joyce of Whitchurch, the well known makers of turret clocks………..’  Click for pdf.

JOYCE news (latest on top) 

The Joyce name lives again   The Smith of Derby Group, which is now an amalgamation of four former turret clock making companies located in different parts of the country, has made a move to reinstate the original company names with teams of clockmakers working in the former areas covered by each of the old companies. Thus, JB Joyce & Co has a presence in Whitchurch again with a team from there covering  Shropshire, the west of England, Wales, Ireland and the Isle of Man. Each of the former companies has its own liveried vehicles and identity. Click the images below.

Two pocket watches signed by members of the Joyce family have been auctioned recently. The silver pair-cased verge watch below is signed Thos Joyce, dates to 1832 and is numbered 5973. Click the thumbnails below.

The second is another silver pair-cased verge watch, this one signed Jas Joyce. It is hallmarked for London, 1813 and is numbered 314. The case maker is William Linsley of London.

Shocklach School clock

Joyce Factory turns over a new leaf   The auction house opening was reported in the Shropshire Star newspaper.   The auction house website.

Chester Cathedral Clock re-installed.  An old three train clock by Joseph Smith was replaced in 1873 by a Joyce four legged gravity three train clock. When the new bell tower was built the Joyce clock was removed from the main tower.  Read more about this project, (apologies for the advertisements which pop up in this item, but the gallery is well worth seeing.) 

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William Joyce of Cockshutt This clock was made in Cockshutt and came to light not long after our book was published.

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