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Clock dials at Chetwynd, Shropshire restored to former glory

February 13, 2015 Heritage, News

“The difference between before and after is stark. We have been associated with the church for many years and the last time the clock dials were restored was in 1970, and therefore an extensive amount of work needed to be carried out.” – Keith Cotton, Technical Sales Engineer

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Helping you keep your clock working into the Spring

February 13, 2015 Creative, Heritage, News, Public, Traditional

A stopped or malfunctioning clock isn’t just about having the time wrong – it sends a negative message to the community. It concerns and frustrates people.

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Stunning Herefordshire bull weathervane restored along with the clock and turret it stands on

February 13, 2015 News, Public

Restored and re-gilded in gold leaf, the bull weathervane will stand proudly on the turret clock for years to come.

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St. Thomas’ church clock dials are given timely repairs

January 9, 2015 Heritage, News

“This is a real help in our final stages of fundraising for repair of the clock. It’s great that our neighbouring buildings for worship are landmarks in the centre of Wednesfield, and we hope that our Sikh friends will be able to join us in celebrating when the clock is restored and working again.” – Revd Nick Watson

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Smith of Derby Celebrates Founder’s 200th Birthday

December 19, 2013 Heritage, News

It has become a name which in the world of clockmaking is synonymous with quality and heritage, and on Thursday 19th December 2013 Smith of Derby celebrated the birthday of the man who began the dynasty 200 years ago. John Smith I was born on 21st December 1813, and aged around 27 left his employer, the clockmakers Whitehurst of Derby, to set up on his own in Nun’s Street, Derby. He gave rise to a company which, through five generations, has flourished to become a successful global business. Still family owned, it has produced some of the world’s most iconic…

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Smith of Derby Acquires James Ritchie & Son Clockmakers

November 4, 2013 Heritage, News

On November 1st, Smith of Derby, the world-renowned clockmaker, showed its support of British manufacturing with the acquisition of James Ritchie & Son, Scotland’s oldest turret clock manufacturer. The James Ritchie & Son brand and name will continue to be used, and the Edinburgh company will be supported by Smith of Derby from its base in the Midlands. These developments build on many years of collaboration between the two companies. The move helps to strengthen and support the long-term future of clock-making and conservation in Britain. Joe Smith, Director of Smith of Derby Limited, said: We are delighted to be…

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Automatic Winding – Guildford Guild Hall

October 11, 2013 Heritage, News

The Guildhall clock projects over the busy Guildford high street. But few know exactly how this ancient timepieces works or that modern technology is being used in oto keep it ticking 24/7. Health & Safety dictated that regularly manually-winding the projecting clock was a dangerous exercise so Smith of Derby’s Technical Engineer Martin Butchers was called in to provide a solution. The caged clock, built in the 16th century, was never originally designed to work with electro-mechnical equipment. Smith of Derby, tower clock and turret clock specialists, came up with a solution to attach the automatic winding equipment to the…

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Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah

August 28, 2013 Creative, News

World’s finest mechanical feature clock welcomes guests to the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah

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Marks and Spencer Kirkgate Market

April 30, 2013 News, Public

Marks and Spencer’s are re-visiting their past; they have opened a Victorian stall in Kirkgate Market, Leeds where the brand first started out over 130 years ago. The Marks & Spencer stall is right besides the famous M&S clock in the 1904 building of Kirkgate Market. You will be able to enjoy a coffee, learn about the heritage of the M&S brand and buy branded merchandise. As the new stall launches an M&S Heritage trail will also be launched with Leeds City Council. The self guided walk will start at the market stall and finish at the company’s archive, taking…

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Historic Clock at the School Yard

April 29, 2013 Heritage, News

Historic clock winds up for first time in decades at The School Yard. The original 150 year old clock which has marked time for Harborne residents since the late 1800’s has been fully refurbished with ground-breaking horological technology as part of a £30,000 restoration programme. Originally manufactured by John Smith and Sons of Derby (now known as Smith Of Derby), the restoration of the clock at Harborne Clock Tower has been completed by the same firm. The works to the listed tower and the clocks are part of the £5m The School Yard scheme by EDG Property, which will see…

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