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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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NewsTime

June 4, 2019 News

Its been another busy month at Smith of Derby including a wedding and another apprentice joining the company, which is all included in this team focused addition of news time! New team member… We are delighted to confirm the start of our next apprentice.  This week Jack Biggin, pictured below, joins the Smith of Derby team and our award-winning ‘apprenticeship program’. Jack follows in the footsteps of our hugely successful team of young clockmakers. Jack schooled with our own Mitch Eaton and has many fond memories of Mitchell making him laugh in his school days which we are sure that…

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Hythe Projecting Clock

May 29, 2019 News

Hythe Town Hall has a prominent projecting clock as part of the building facade.  Originally built in 1974, the Town Hall was a Guildhall but now houses Hythe Town council offices. In early 2019 Smith of Derby were commissioned to complete the clock restoration, ensuring it’s a focal point of Hythe for many years to follow.   The clock was installed Circa 1890 when many projecting clocks of a similar design were installed. This trend was because of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, which was celebrated in 1887, as many locations chose to have a commemorative projecting clock. After many years…

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Clock Tower for School Development

May 13, 2019 News

New schools are being built across the City of Glasgow, including in the district of Dalmarnock. At the heart of the campus is a clock tower, with the two clock dials being fabricated and installed by James Ritchie Clockmakers. Originally approached in 2017 when the project was in an early stage, the James Ritchie team worked alongside the construction contractors to ensure that the client’s desire for a bespoke clock tower was delivered. Following on-going discussions, it was decided that the design would be simple black hour markings and hands on a white background. Behind the dial was to be…

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