Simon Allen
Director

My name is Simon Allen, I am a 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
Simon Allen
clock-repair

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.

Simon Allen
Director

My name is Simon Allen, I am a 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
Simon Allen
clock-repair

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.

Kevin Hurd

Kevin is also a Director and 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 is another Director and 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.

Tom Hannagan

Tom has been a Horologist with us since 2015. He is passionate about his work and particularly enjoys the aesthetics of Skeleton Clocks, the work has to be flawless, as is Tom’s work, as it is always on show.

Jess Yarham-Baker

Jess is our most recent Apprentice Horologist. We are lucky to have had Jess with us since October 2017. She has a great love of clocks and has a particular fondness for Lantern Clocks. Jess has brought a real spark to the whole team!

Kevin Hurd

Kevin is also a Director and 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 is another Director and 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.

Tom Hannagan

Tom has been a Horologist with us since 2015. He is passionate about his work and particularly enjoys the aesthetics of Skeleton Clocks, the work has to be flawless, as is Tom’s work, as it is always on show.

Jess Yarham-Baker

Jess is our most recent Apprentice Horologist. We are lucky to have had Jess with us since October 2017. She has a great love of clocks and has a particular fondness for Lantern Clocks. Jess has brought a real spark to the whole team!

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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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