Saturday, 25 July 2009

Wimbledon Village

The Clock Tower in Wimbledon Village is above the old fire station and dates back to 1890.


'The Old Fire Station, High Street, Wimbledon Village, Wimbledon, UK'

Wimbledon is the home of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The Centre Court is now fitted with a retractable roof to avoid rain interrupting the matches... (that ensured we had no rain this year!). Maybe Andy Murray will win next year???


The Clock Tower in the centre of Epsom was built in 1847. It replaced an earlier watch tower - called the 'Watch House'. The watch house contained a fire engine and and temporary jail where prisoners were held overnight before being sent to trail.

'Epsom High Street and Clock Tower'.
A plaque on the tower has the following text:
'In memory of those who died in the service of their country'
'(Erected by Councillor Nigel Petrie MBE, Mayor 2000)'

'Epsom Clock Tower'

Epsom Town Centre - with clock tower and pigeon 'fly-by' (look carefully)

Epsom is famous for it's horse racecourse: 'Epsom Downs Racecourse' which is the home of the Epsom Derby - 'one of the most iconic events in the British sporting and social calendar' (quoted from their website).

Epsom Clock Tower Reference: (old photos, information etc)

Location: in the borough of Epsom and Ewell, London, England (within the Greater London Urban Area).

Monday, 20 July 2009

Smiths Enfield Wall Clock

I haven't been able to identity the model of this Smiths Enfield clock - I'm not even sure if the clock case and face are genuine. The clock movement has been replaced with a cheap Sakura quartz movement.

Smiths Enfield, London, Made in the UK

'Inside the clock'.

I placed a Rubik's cube in the photo to give an indication of the size of the clock, although I think the cube is less of a puzzle than this clock :)

The closest match to the clock I've found is in Barrie Smith's book 'Smiths Domestic Clocks'. Page 134 shows a school quartz clock made in 1979 (School Clock Mahogany 79).

Rubik's cube was first sold in 1980, so maybe the photo with the cube and clock in isn't entirely out of place.

Thanks to my best friend for helping find this clock - and if you think the clock is a bit fishy... then head over to his blog about fish.

If anyone has any more information about this clock I'd be very keen to hear from you.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Fusee Pocket Watch Movement

The pocket watch movement in the photos below has been an on going project of mine for a little while. The watch uses a fusee to deliver a constant driving force in the watch. Early watch and clock springs would deliver more power when fully wound up and less when the spring was winding down - resulting in the watch not being a very good time keeper.

The fusee acts like a gearing mechanism in the watch. As the main spring unwinds the fusee chain is wound around the fusee wheel in ever decreasing circles keeping the power delivered to the watch constant.

In the middle of this photo you can see the fusee 'cone' wheel and the fusee chain. This watch will have been made before the 1900s. Also in the photo: main spring, main spring barrel, watch face, balance wheel, center wheel, third wheel, escape wheel etc

Close-up photo of the fusee. The penny gives an indication of size. The thickness of the chain is about 1 mm. If you look carefully at the end of the chain you can see a hook to attach the chain to the spring barrel.

More information:

Monday, 6 July 2009


You can never have enough of them...

Here's a selection of some of my books:

  • The clock Repairer's Handbook - Laurie Penman
  • Time, Time And Time Again - Geoffrey Evans
  • Repairing Old Clocks and Watches - Anthony J Whiten
  • Practical Clock Repairing - Donald de Carle FBHI
  • Complicated Watches and Their Repair - Donald de Carle FBHI
  • Conservation of Clocks and Watches - BHI
  • Making Clocks - Stan Bray
  • Ruth Belville - The Greenwich Time Lady - David Rooney
  • About Time - Paul Davies
  • Longitude - Dava Sobel
  • The Horizontal Instrument - Christopher Wilkins
  • The Calendar - David Ewing Duncan
  • The Calendar: Measuring Time - Thames & Hudson
  • Time: A User's Guide - Stephan Klein
And the clock in the photo is a mechanical Westclox alarm clock - called 'Big Ben'.