Bedfordshire clock and watchmakers 1352-1880
Title Details

252 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc

Series Vol. Number: 70

Imprint: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society

Bedfordshire clock and watchmakers 1352-1880

A biographical dictionary with selected documents

by Chris Pickford

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The dictionary is preceded by an introduction on timekeeping and the history of clock- and watchmaking in Bedfordshire

The dictionary is preceded by an introduction on timekeeping and the history of clock- and watchmaking in Bedfordshire. Extracts are included from a selection of documents to illustrate the sources used in compiling the dictionary. They range over advertisements, Bedfordshire Quarter Sessions' records, bills and customers' financial accounts, churchwardens' accounts, clubs, insurance records and settlement examinations.

The biographical dictionary provides family details, apprenticeships, places of work and examples of the person's work, amongst much other information. Here will be found information about Thomas Tompion from Northill 'widely regarded as the greatest English clockmaker.'

Appendices list the places of work in Bedfordshire and neighbouring counties of clock- and watchmakers (with a map) and of apprentices to the trade 1631-1881.

Chris Pickford studied history at Leicester and qualified as an archivist at University College London. He joined the staff of Bedfordshire County Record Office in 1977, becoming County Archivist in 1986. He left in 1998 to become Director of the Church of England Record Centre (CERC) in London. While at BCRO he took an active part in BHRS. He is an acknowledged expert on clocks and bells. Among a wide range of historical interests, architectural history and the study of buildings rank highest. Since leaving CERC in 2001 he has worked freelance. His revised edition of the Pevsner Buildings of England volume on Warwickshire, his native county, was published in 2016.

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9781800108301

January 1991

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Title Details

252 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc

Series Vol. Number: 70

Imprint: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society