In the 19th century the town was a major producer of movements and parts for longcase (grandfather) clocks with the Harlow firm making movements of the highest quality and selling them to “clockmakers” in all parts of Britain and America. Later, church clocks and wall clocks were a speciality of several firms, including Haycocks who are still manufacturing in the town. For over 300 years Ashbourne has been a clock making centre and was once the town’s largest employer!
John Robey has been researching, writing about and restoring antique clocks for over thirty years. He now divides his time between writing articles and publishing books about clocks and restoring them. He has written numerous articles in specialist publications and was awarded the British Horological Institute’s 2007 Barratt Silver Medal for his contributions to horological research, writing and publishing.