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Historic Birmingham Landmark to be Restored to Former Glory

August 11, 2020 Uncategorized

The Jewellery Quarter’s 117-year-old Chamberlain Clock will be removed this month for extensive repairs and restoration. On the 22nd August 2020, the process will begin to dismantle and remove the Chamberlain Clock from its current home on the roundabout junction of Warstone Lane and Vyse Street in the Jewellery Quarter, for clock-makers Smith of Derby to begin the extensive restoration project. Following the refurbishment, it is expected the Clock will be reinstated in early 2021, complete with a new information panel. The refurbishment of the Clock was a winning pledge in the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District’s (JQBID) 2017 renewal…

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Clockmaker Clocks Up 50 years’ service

July 24, 2020 Uncategorized

This week marks a very special celebration for one of our clockmakers. Jonathan Lee (Jon) celebrates 50 years of continuous service with the company, from school days to today.  Jon joined the company on the 24th July 1970 at the age of 15, as a school leaver, quite literally, finishing school on the Thursday and started work on the Friday! Jon completed his clockmaking apprenticeship over 7 years and has continued his service since then, Jonathan is one of the country’s most respected turret clockmakers. In addition to keeping hundreds of public clocks to time, Jon helps to coach an…

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Potts of Leeds Return to Work

June 17, 2020 News, Uncategorized

We are delighted to confirm that our Leeds based clockmaker, Kevin Ireland, returns to work today. Kevin will be strengthening our presence across the country as we return to work – restarting public time in communities across Yorkshire and the North of England.    With more than 30 years’ experience with the company, Kevin’s return brings extensive experience and knowledge, underlying our commitment to restarting public time across the North. Having an extensive knowledge of ‘Potts of Leeds’ clocks, of which there are literally hundreds of mechanical timepieces across the North of England, Kevin will be sure to start public time…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Smith of Derby

December 19, 2019 Uncategorized

Smith of Derby would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would like to thank everyone for their custom during another successful year and look forward to working with you in 2020! The works will be closing on Friday 21st of December and re-opening on Wednesday 2nd of January at 8am. However, should you require any assistance during the Christmas break, please email with both contact details and some information regarding the problem. We will then contact you as soon as possible.

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New Clock and Wind Vane for a Famous Nottingham Building

October 10, 2019 Uncategorized

Smith of Derby were recently commissioned to supply and install a bespoke clock for the development of a famous 19th century building in Nottingham. The new clock was complimented by a new wind vane, with traditional cardinals, adding the finishing touches to a significant development within the City. The City Building, situated in the heart of Nottingham, is steeped in history and has been home to many famous Nottingham enterprises, including Redmayne & Todd sports shop. In the spring of 2019 work started to convert the building into ‘Grade A’ offices, with a view to them being in use before…

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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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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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