team-picture Meet our skilled Horologists CLOCK RESTORATION CLOCK REPAIRS

Our friendly, personable team at The Clock Work Shop are all highly skilled professionals, specialising in the repair and restoration of antique clocks.

Simon Allen
Director

My name is Simon Allen, I am the Director of The Clock Work Shop and I am a professionally trained Antiquarian Horologist. This is otherwise known as a Clockmaker who specialises in the repair and restoration of Antique Clocks.

As a child, I loved to take things apart, trying to understand how they would work. My most notable memory of this was at my grandmother’s house near Halstock, Dorset, when I must have only been about five years old. Her Hoover had stopped working, so I asked her if I could have a look at it to see how it worked and try to fix it, she obviously thought that she’d humour me and leave me with it to have a look at. What she didn’t expect was to find me half an hour later with the Hoover in what must have been at least 200 pieces!

Some years later, I moved to Dorchester where my step-father taught me the basics of how to mend clocks and then sell them in order to make some extra money, in addition to my mundane Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job. I really enjoyed getting the clocks working and became more and more interested in pursuing this passion as a career.

I then wrote to the major players in the industry and subsequently got the opportunity to go and work for who I considered at the time to be the number one retailer in the world of antique clocks, Gerald. E. Marsh. Gerald has since become a true friend and is a great inspiration to me. He started at the very same shop aged 15 as an apprentice to Geoffrey Bell who founded the shop in 1947. He went on to buy the business in 1972 and help many people build a number of the best private clock collections in the world until in 2014 he sold the company.

Gerald took me on as his final apprentice and in my time at the shop, under his leadership, I made sure I learnt everything that I possibly could. I was the first apprentice to be approved for the George Daniels Educational Trust Scheme, which really was an honour. Since then, I have specialised in good quality English, French and Swiss antique clocks. I have completed specific training in platform escapements, watchmaker’s lathes, engineer’s lathes and replacing damaged pivots in clocks and watches. Also bluing, silvering and polishing.

My training was invaluable and I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now, without the knowledge I have gained from the help that everyone gave me along the way.

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Simon Allen
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Should you wish your beloved timekeeper to have a scheduled service, be repaired, restored or conserved in any way, you can rest assured that I really do know what I am doing and that here, it really is in the safest possible hands.

Our friendly, personable team at The Clock Work Shop are all highly skilled professionals, specialising in the repair and restoration of antique clocks.

simon-allen-director

Simon Allen
Director

My name is Simon Allen, I am the Director of The Clock Work Shop and I am a professionally trained Antiquarian Horologist. This is otherwise known as a Clockmaker who specialises in the repair and restoration of Antique Clocks.

As a child, I loved to take things apart, trying to understand how they would work. My most notable memory of this was at my grandmother’s house near Halstock, Dorset, when I must have only been about five years old. Her Hoover had stopped working, so I asked her if I could have a look at it to see how it worked and try to fix it, she obviously thought that she’d humour me and leave me with it to have a look at. What she didn’t expect was to find me half an hour later with the Hoover in what must have been at least 200 pieces!

Some years later I moved to Dorchester where my step-father taught me the basics of how to mend clocks and then sell them in order to make some extra money, in addition to my mundane Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job. I really enjoyed getting the clocks working and became more and more interested in pursuing this passion as a career.

I then wrote to the major players in the industry and subsequently got the opportunity to go and work for who I considered at the time to be the number one retailer in the world of antique clocks, Gerald. E. Marsh. Gerald has since become a true friend and is a great inspiration to me. He started at the very same shop aged 15 as an apprentice to Geoffrey Bell who founded the shop in 1947. He went on to buy the business in 1972 and help many people build a number of the best private clock collections in the world until in 2014 he sold the company.

Gerald took me on as his final apprentice and in my time at the shop, under his leadership, I made sure I learnt everything that I possibly could. I was the first apprentice to be approved for the George Daniels Educational Trust Scheme, which really was an honour. Since then, I have specialised in good quality English, French and Swiss antique clocks. I have completed specific training in platform escapements, watchmaker’s lathes, engineer’s lathes and replacing damaged pivots in clocks and watches. Also bluing, silvering and polishing.

My training was invaluable and I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now, without the knowledge I have gained from the help that everyone gave me along the way.

Simon Allen
tompion-longcase-restoration

Should you wish your beloved timekeeper to have a scheduled service, be repaired, restored or conserved in any way, you can rest assured that I really do know what I am doing and that here, it really is in the safest possible hands.

Richard Scorey

Richard runs our Hampshire workshop in Kings Worthy, Winchester. He joined the business in July 1998 and already had an engineering background. Richard gained graduate status when he completed the three year British Horological Institute examinations in technical horology and was accepted as a Professional Member of the British Horological Institute In 2009.

Peter Hyde

Peter is a fellow of the British Horological Institute and has been in the trade since 2003. He joined our workshops in 2019 bringing with him a wealth of experience. One of Peter’s professional highlights was the significant role he played in the restoration of the Westminster Clock (affectionately known as Big Ben). It was also Peter who made the spare minute and hour hands enabling the famous landmark to keep functioning during this period.

Jess Yarham-Baker

Apprentice horologist Jess has been with us since October 2017. She has a great love of clocks which can be traced back to spending time with her horologist grandfather as a child. He introduced her to the techniques and skills that she is now honing through her apprenticeship. Jess has achieved a great deal during her time here, her hard work and attention to detail has lead to her becoming a pivotal member of the team.

Ben Ledbury

Ben has been an apprentice with us since September 2019, after a chance encounter with Director Simon Allen lead Ben to pursue a career in horology. With a lifelong interest in how things work and a professional background in mechanics, the transition to clockmaking has been a smooth one. Ben is a much valued member of the team who has developed a genuine passion within this new and unexpected career path.

Anne Hinxman

A gifted jewellery designer and maker, Anne has her own makers mark with the London Assay Office and also provides a professional re-threading service. Inspired by nature, ancient and antique jewellery design, Anne creates beautiful handcrafted items of Jewellery, a vast selection of which can be found in our showroom. She works with many stunning materials including gold, silver, pearls, precious and semi-precious stones.

Kevin Hurd

Kevin is one of the founders of The Clock Work Shop when the original shop was established in Parchment Street, Winchester back in 1996. Before that Kevin served an apprenticeship to be a helicopter engineer and still loves flying along with farming and anything mechanical. His speciality is in British Longcases (Grandfather clocks) and Lantern clocks.

Richard Scorey

Richard runs our Hampshire workshop in Kings Worthy, Winchester. He joined the business in July 1998 and already had an engineering background. Richard gained graduate status when he completed the three year British Horological Institute examinations in technical horology and was accepted as a Professional Member of the British Horological Institute In 2009.

Peter Hyde

Peter is a fellow of the British Horological Institute and has been in the trade since 2003. He joined our workshops in 2019 bringing with him a wealth of experience. One of Peter’s professional highlights was the significant role he played in the restoration of the Westminster Clock (affectionately known as Big Ben). It was also Peter who made the spare minute and hour hands enabling the famous landmark to keep functioning during this period.

Jess Yarham-Baker

Apprentice horologist Jess has been with us since October 2017. She has a great love of clocks which can be traced back to spending time with her horologist grandfather as a child. He introduced her to the techniques and skills that she is now honing through her apprenticeship. Jess has achieved a great deal during her time here, her hard work and attention to detail has lead to her becoming a pivotal member of the team.

Ben Ledbury

Ben has been an apprentice with us since September 2019, after a chance encounter with Director Simon Allen lead Ben to pursue a career in horology. With a lifelong interest in how things work and a professional background in mechanics, the transition to clockmaking has been a smooth one. Ben is a much valued member of the team who has developed a genuine passion within this new and unexpected career path.

Anne Hinxman

A gifted jewellery designer and maker, Anne has her own makers mark with the London Assay Office and also provides a professional re-threading service. Inspired by nature, ancient and antique jewellery design, Anne creates beautiful handcrafted items of Jewellery, a vast selection of which can be found in our showroom. She works with many stunning materials including gold, silver, pearls, precious and semi-precious stones.

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Repair Specialists

The repair and servicing of antique clocks require specialist skills that have been developed over many generations. Traditionally these skills are passed on from Master to Apprentice and we now have our own team of artisans specialising in various different areas of horology.

Restoration

Our restorers at The Clock Work Shop are highly trained specialists in antiquarian horology. Understanding the original style and appearance of a clock in order to accurately bring it back to its former glory.

Repair Specialists

The repair and servicing of antique clocks require specialist skills that have been developed over many generations. Traditionally these skills are passed on from Master to Apprentice and we now have our own team of artisans specialising in various different areas of horology.

Restoration

Our restorers at The Clock Work Shop are highly trained specialists in antiquarian horology. Understanding the original style and appearance of a clock in order to accurately bring it back to its former glory.

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