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Papers on clock and spectacle-maker's societies, 1895 - 1910

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/230

Scope and Contents

Correspondence relating to the Clock and Watchmakers' Asylum, 1905-1907, including a list of candidates for admission and committee reports.

Correspondence relating to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, 1896-1902, including the Astronomer Royal's election to the Company on 12 October 1896; committee reports; appeals for funds for the Asylum; correspondence regarding a dinner to raise funds for the Clock and Watchmakers' Asylum; a cutting from 'City Press', 4 March 1899, concerning the theft of items from the Guildhall Library; requests to attend Quarter-Day Courts, January, April, July and October 1900; papers concerning the election of new inmates to the Asylum; a copy of Barrow's 16th century watch dial; a memorandum on prizes offered for the excellence of workmanship by British clockmakers; and notice of the annual inspection of the Library, etc., 4 March 1902.

Further papers and correspondence relating to the Clockmakers' Company, including notices of Quarter-Day Courts and notice of the annual library inspection, 1903; correspondence regarding a testimonial for Mr Overall and the presentation of a salver; and a cutting from 'City Press', 12 April 1905, concerning the dinner on 11 April 1905.

Further papers and correspondence relating to the Clockmakers' Company, 1906-1910, including notices of Quarter-Day Courts; correspondence regarding annual prizes; a letter from De Keyser's Royal Hotel regarding Company dinners; correspondence concerning the Bishop of Exeter's Church Extension Scheme appeal for Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse; and a copy of a petition from St Batholomew's Hospital.

Papers relating to Clockmakers' Company prizes with regard to the pendulum trials of November 1902, including swing data, graphs and a memorandum by Mr Lewis on the workmanship and construction of the pendulums 'Labor', 'Zealot' and 'Try' ('Labour' was awarded the 1st prize; 'Zealot' won the 2nd prize).

Correspondence relating to the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, 1895-1903, including the Astronomer Royal's election as Honorary Freeman on 27 March 1895.

Further correspondence relating to the spectacle-makers, 1903-1910, including a petition regarding examination proposals for opticians; invitations to dinner; a cutting from 'City Press', 21 April 1906 concerning the diploma scheme; a cutting from the 'London Argus', 11 September 1908, on the diploma scheme; and various other press and magazine cuttings. There is also a printed copy of an extract from the minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1666-1671, issued in 1910.


  • Creation: 1895 - 1910


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Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:51:04+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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