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Bespoke Clock and Signage for Funeral Directors

September 19, 2019 Uncategorized

R W Percival Funeral Directors in Buxton, Derbyshire, had new premises developed recently, with a Smith of Derby clock being a focal point of the exterior design. Complementing the clock is bespoke company branding and signage, all of which was supplied by ourselves. The bespoke 1.5m clock is made up of twelve separate chapters, all of which are individually fixed into the exterior of the building. At the centre of the dial is a pair of modern looking hands, laser cut from high-grade aluminium with a powder coat silver paint finish. The clock hands are driven by a heavy duty…

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St Peters Church Clock in the Isle of Man

August 29, 2019 Uncategorized

Originally built in 1550, St Peter’s Church in Peel, Isle of Man, is steeped in history. Unfortunately, over the years of the Church standing the condition of the clock dials have deteriorated, meaning that they were in need of replacement. Smith of Derby clockmakers worked closely with Peel Town Council to ensure that this work was completed bringing the clock tower back to life.  The Church has had an eventful history, with a large fire ruining large parts of the Church in 1958. However, the clocktower and outer walls continue to stand to this day. Four new 1.1m skeleton clock…

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NewsTime

July 16, 2019 Uncategorized

As summer reaches its height and children across the UK prepare to finish school for another year, there is no slowing down for the Smith of Derby team as we continue our hard work to keep the worlds time ticking! The last few weeks has seen another new team member join our famous company and more international work commence. New Team Member We are delighted to confirm the start of our next apprentice! It seems strange to write the word ‘apprentice’ when introducing our latest new member of the team. Jason Budd is a highly qualified IRATA rope access trained…

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Crayford Clock Tower

May 23, 2019 Uncategorized

At the heart of Crayford is a prominent clock tower which has recently gone through a full restoration programme, including the clock dials and hands. Smith of Derby worked alongside the main contractor to ensure the best possible outcome for the clock element of the work. The clock tower was originally built in 1902 at the gates of the Maxim Nordenfeldt Gun and Ammunition Factory which was later taken over by the Vickers Company, who focused on building military aeroplanes and armaments. The tower became a prominent feature of the factory and the town of Crayford until the factory closed in…

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The Old Joe Clocktower

December 11, 2018 Uncategorized

The University of Birmingham boasts the tallest free-standing clock tower in the world at the heart of its campus, commonly known as ‘Old Joe’ or ‘Big Joe’. In 2017 Old Joe fell silent as the Smith of Derby Group carried out repairs to the strike side of the clock so the famous chimes could be heard across campus once again.   The tower has also had other practical purposes over the last 113 years, since it was built in 1905 when the four JB Joyce clock dials were first commisioned. It was originally designed with the physics department in mind to…

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Constructionline Gold Accreditation Awarded

September 28, 2018 Uncategorized

We are proud to announce that we have recently been awarded Constructionline Gold Membership here at Smith of Derby. This is something which we are delighted to have achieved, as it comes through intense scrutiny on both governance and risk management. The Constructionline Gold award assess environmental management, quality management, equalities and diversity. It ensures contractors abide legislation in areas such as modern slavery, anti-bribery and corruption. Whilst health and safety is also reviewed through the ‘deemed to satisfy’ process if you have an SSIP accreditation such as CHAS or SafeContractor already in place.

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BHI Turret Clock Forum

September 12, 2018 Uncategorized

Last week was the annual staging of the BHI Turret Clock Forum at Upton Hall, Newark. Martin Butchers and Tom Ratcliffe attended on behalf of Smith of Derby to discuss all things turret clocks! The pair listened to various speakers including BHI chairman Derek Frampton along with turret clock specialists Andy Burdon and Chris McKay, who is also a familiar face at our Smith of Derby works developing our clockmaker apprentices to become the best they can possibly be. This year’s forum was focused on conservation, something which is vitally important in the turret clock sector. Restoration projects must balance…

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The Hourglass Clock at Burghley House

September 3, 2018 News, Uncategorized

As the Burghley Horse Trials come to an end for another year, we look back to 2009 and our work at Burghley House, Lincolnshire, which is a major landmark at the prestigious equestrian event. We were asked to design, fabricate and install a feature clock for the house gardens, which would allude to the seafaring ancestry of the Burghley family, in whose gardens the timepiece is located. The hourglass pedestal bears 12 icons which correspond with each passing hour. They correlate with specific stories relating to members of the family including Lord Burghley, English statesman and friend to Queen…

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Harrison Clock, Derby Silk Mill Museum

August 14, 2018 Uncategorized

In late 2017 Smith of Derby were tasked to remove the Harrison mechanical clock from the Derby Silk Mill Museum and complete a full restoration. Following this the clock dial and mechanism will be reinstated at the silk mill museum in 2020 when the buildings renovation is completed. The team tasked with the works are our apprentices, Tom and Sam, who are overseeing the project from start to finish. To help them with the project, clock advisor Chris McKay has been on site giving them both advise on various parts of the works, which will also help develop their knowledge…

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Keeping Time: film follows clockmaker during ‘clock change’

March 20, 2018 Uncategorized

: This short was made by filmmaker Nick Whitworth. Nick notes that ‘Many of us know that the clocks change twice a year to account for Daylight Saving Time but few are probably aware of just what this entails. Behind the dials and hands visible from street level there are levers, wheels, hammers, and weights. Here we follow Matthew Smith, long-serving clockmaker at Smith of Derby, as he carries out alterations on mechanical clocks across London.’ Nick is one of the eight members of the sixth generation descended from the John Smith who started the company. Most of them have…

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