Time & The Yorkshire Longcase Clock

Time & The Yorkshire Longcase Clock – Book by Dr David Firth

This is the second book by Dr David Firth, relating to Time and Yorkshire Grandfather Clocks.  This is not a book entirely for Horologist but a book for anybody with a love of Yorkshire and its history. Included are futures about John Harisson, the Bronte Family, Blind Jack of Knaresborough, Hudson the railway King of York and Charles Darwin on his visit to Ilkley and also Longcase Clocks on display at Upton Hall Newark the Head Quarters of the British Horological Institute.

Time and the Yorkshire Longcase Clock - Book cover

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Time & the Yorkshire Longcase Clock

This book features some fantastic and unique images of Longcase/ Grandfather clocks from all around Yorkshire and England as well as detailed insights into their makers and knowledge of the area these clocks were constructed.

Excerpts from the book:

“The story of the longcase clock, many of which stand magnificently in many of our homes and important public place all over the world, began countless centuries ago. It is part of time telling which is as old as the human race itself.

The Longcase Clock

The making of each finished longcase (Grandfather) clock involved many tradesmen to produce the complete article. These included:

  • Movement maker
  • Case maker
  • Hand maker
  • Polish manufacturer and polisher
  • Gut manufacturer
  • Dial painter
  • Dial maker
  • Wax maker
  • Locksmith

Part of our difficulty in forming an opinion about the antique clock today is that we judge it in the only way that we know by our standards of design and taste. We expect the clock not only to function accurately but also to conform to our tastes of a century or two later. We are unable to judge the clock in the same way as our forebears. Ask yourself how much of the furniture that we make today will be considered tasteful in a century or two – that is, if the furniture has survived!

Whatever our initial reaction to the clocks may be, the fact is that they represented the height of fashion at the time, each in its own way unique to its own area. A family would not invest in a clock unless it was exactly the type that they wanted. There were plenty of clockmakers, and customers had a wide choice”