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Thomas Hampson of Wrexham – His Chester phase. The article describes how we were able to link the ‘Coy Man Clock’ to what we believe was its original home almost three hundred years ago.
The long and expensive pursuit of an accurate timekeeper in Blackburn, Lancashire
This article follows the trials and tribulations suffered by the people of Blackburn as their town council struggled to bring the correct time to their town between 1848 and 1890.
A snapshot of the watchmaking industry in England through the lens of the 1881 census. The census offers us a glimpse of the industry in England on the night of Sunday 3rd April 1881. What was recorded then may not have been true the previous day or the day after it was literally a snapshot in time. The population was required to supply its age, gender, marital status, relation to the head of household, occupation and birthplace. Using data gleaned from these fields enables a vast amount of information to be analysed and a picture of the time to be created. It is well known that watchmaking in England experienced a steep decline during the second half of the nineteenth century and the country was gripped by a long depression, so what was left of the industry in 1881? Part 1 and Part 2
NEWS following up on these articles
Another clock by William Leigh has recently come to light. We believe it came from Shaw Hill House at Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire. It is dated 29th Aug 1807. At that time the owner of Shaw Hill House was Richard Crosse-Legh, so this is another clock with a connetion to the Legh family. The clock is believed to have been in the stable block, but this was demolished many years ago. The main house was rebuilt sometime between 1830-40 and is now Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club, http://shaw-hill.co.uk/hotel/ Click the thumbnails below to see larger images.
The longcase image above is from Allan Smith Antique Clocks. Click the link to view more images. Until seeing this clock, we were unaware that William Leigh signed any of his clocks with a Liverpool location. If anyone knows of others signed in this way, please email us, we will be delighted to hear from you.