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A New Art-Deco Inspired Clock

November 26, 2019 News

Working alongside Dover District Council the Smith of Derby team are proud to have installed a bespoke clock at the recently refurbished Deal Pier. The art-deco clock was installed as part of the pier regeneration project and is a replacement of the original timepiece, which was a prominent feature of the pier for a number of years. Opened in 1957, Deal Pier celebrated its diamond anniversary in 2017. As part of the Pier’s focus, a renovation plan was revealed which included a new clock. Situated on both the North Sea and the English Channel, Deal was once England’s busiest port…

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Sleepout 2019!

November 7, 2019 News

Six members of the Smith of Derby team embarked on a sleep out mission last Friday in aid of raising vital funds and publicity for the Padley Centre in Derby. All six members of the team completed the 12hour sleep out, despite the best efforts of the elements which was testing at times. Following weeks of fundraising, the team prepared for a tough night ahead on Friday afternoon. With the weather forecast looking wet, waterproofs were packed and sleeping bag covers were purchased. Arriving at the event location, under the Derby Cathedral clock, fundraising was the first task as collection…

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NewsTime!

October 24, 2019 News

It’s been another busy month here at Smith of Derby! We’ve had three new team members join us, completed some fantastic projects and had some special visitors in our works… New Team Members Recently graduated from the University of Derby, Rachel Broughton and Daniel Marshall have joined our commercial team. They are both enjoying a job share arrangement as they continue to follow their master’s degrees in business management in the coming year. Kelvyn Thorp has joined our clockmaking team. Based out of Maidstone, in Kent, we are delighted to boost our coverage in the South of the UK, as…

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August NewsTime

September 5, 2019 News

Whilst children across the country have been enjoying their summer holiday, the Smith of Derby team have been busy working on clocks across the world. This month has seen two new team members join, some wonderful customer feedback and three long service awards! Spotlight on the team… As we build our design capability to design, fabricate and install some of the world’s best clocks, we welcome two graduates from the University of Derby; Daniel Greenhalgh and Oliver Beetlestone. Long service awards… At a recent Group Board meeting we took the opportunity to thank team members for their long service with…

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Historic Potts Clock

August 6, 2019 News

Sheffield United is a football club steeped in history. Their Bramall Lane stadium was home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club until 1893 and has hosted an Ashes test match along with being the home to Sheffield United. A William Potts of Leeds clock was a prominent feature of the cricket pavilion before being transferred to a new home on the facade of the football stadium when the alterations were made. The clock is now situated at the entrance to the “Legends of the Lane” which is Sheffield United’s club museum. The 1.52m steel dial was supported by an early William…

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Dials restored at one of Edinburgh’s landmarks

July 30, 2019 News

Clocks are at the heart of Edinburgh. The famous Balmoral Hotel is one of the City’s many tourist attractions, along with the timeball which marks one o’clock daily. Another clock which many visitors see is located on George Street and adorns the clocktower of St Andrew & St George’s Church. Following many years of operation, it was decided that the clocks should be restored back to their original glory. The three 5ft cast skeleton dials stand proudly above the bustling streets below where many shoppers, tourists and commuters are located. Our team removed the clock hands and then started to…

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Bespoke Clocktower

July 24, 2019 News

Bespoke Clocktower A bespoke clocktower is a feature of the Arkin Group’s new HQ in Girne, Northern Cyprus. Smith of Derby were commissioned to design, fabricate and install the four clock dials for the tower, along with installation of a bell sound system to strike the hours during the day with night silencing programmed for evenings. Working alongside the Arkin Group, who own a host of companies in the leisure industry, Smith of Derby completed their first project in Northern Cyprus. The clocktower was to be both a feature of the state-of-the-art HQ and a focal point of the town…

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Projecting Clock with Eagle Adornment

July 9, 2019 News

The Town of Prescot, Merseyside, has a new feature as part of its busy shopping district, a bespoke projecting clock. The clock, which was recently supplied and installed by Smith of Derby, features a distinctive gold bullion eagle and child to protect the clock from wildlife. As part of the Town’s development, a clock was commissioned in the same location to where a previous projecting clock was located, on Eccleston Street in the Town centre.  The clock was designed to be of an art-deco style, similar to that of the original timepiece. A prominent feature of the new clock is…

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Bespoke Clockwork for Heritage Railway Station

July 2, 2019 News

Keighley & Worth Valley Heritage Railway Station has both tourist visitors travelling on iconic steam trains along with commuters using regular services to other local towns. A key feature of the station is the clock, with a tradition of displaying the time of the next train not the current time. Smith of Derby recently worked alongside the station to ensure the time tradition would continue for many years to follow by creating a bespoke solution for time changes. For many years the clock hands have been manually adjusted by a member of staff, using a step ladder to access the…

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Trooping the Colour

June 18, 2019 News

Clockmaker Paul Kilburn annually attends the Trooping the Colour celebrations at Horse Guards Parade in London to ensure the clock chimes 11 o’clock as the Queen enters in her glass carriage. On the day of the event, this year was Saturday the 8th of June, Paul arrives bright and early at horse Guards parade. However, he doesn’t wear his usual Smith of Derby attire but a suit, including a bespoke Smith of Derby waistcoat. Paul makes his way up to the clock room, which happens to be situated directly above the Royal Family’s seating area, ready for his duties. Paul’s…

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