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This web site, run by Rosemary Harrison-Smith with the help of Tony Harrison-Smith FBHI, was started in 1997 and it holds information that we have found about various clock and watchmakers, and so far has 35,758 records in its database. The information comes from listings published in books and trade directories that we have in our library, giving dates that makers are known to have been working. At the moment, the database includes 31,947 individual trade directory entries from 363 trade directories and more detailed biographies for 3950 makers and retailers.
The information is not necessarily all there is to know about the maker, but it is a digest of all we have found in our researches.
Pattens Clock Repairs
Est 1932, antique and modern clocks repaired.
phone 01268 759047 (Benfleet, Essex)
The website contains details of thousands of watch and clock makers. Some records are just a single trade directory entry and others are more detailed biographies.
There are two ways of finding out if the maker you want is listed. The easiest way is to use the 'Search The Indexes' box on the right hand side of the web page.
You can enter the surname, town or a single key word and look for that word in the index of the clock and watchmakers referenced on this website. The search is set up to default to searching for a whole word, so that if you search for 'Harris' you do not get the listings for Harrison etc. If you select 'Part word or phrase' then the search results will include any record that the letters 'harris' appear in such as Harrison etc.
The other method of finding the details is by using the indexes directly. These are stored in surname order. To access the indexes, click the 'A-Z Indexes' link at the top of each page.
You will then be taken to the first page and you can select the letter you want.
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