The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers

The Clockmakers’ Company was established by Royal Charter granted by King Charles 1 in 1631. It ranks 61st in the order of precedence of the 110 City of London Livery Companies. It is the oldest surviving horological institution in the world, and its motto is Tempus Rerum Imperator, Latin for Time is the ruler of (all) things. See our History & Customs.

The Master and his team in the 2015 Pancake Races at Guildhall
The new Master, Philip Whyte, with the Deputy Master, Wardens, Chaplain and Piper at Installation on 27th January 2015
The Master with the Stewards at Installation on 27th January 2015
Professor Lisa Jardine CBE (President of the AHS) and Jonathan Betts, Master 2014, exchanging scrolls to mark the formal affiliation between the WCC and the AHS after the Harrison Lecture on 23 Sep 2014
Pub Lecture: 30th September: "Making a Living Out of Time" by Liveryman David Rooney (click image to see full screen size)
The Master's visit to Charles Frodsham & Company - September 2014 (click the image to view full size)
The Clockmakers' Museum, formerly at Guildhall in the City of London, with the 21st Century case in the foreground.
The Harrison case on the left containing John Harrison’s celebrated 5th marine timekeeper. Mudge, Arnold, Earnshaw and others are to the right.
The Master & Members of the Clockmakers' Company at the unveiling of the George Daniels Blue Plaque at 21 Thornsett Road, on Charter Day
A Grave Party - Jonathan Betts, Master 2014, & Wardens on the 190th Anniversary of Victor Kullberg's birthday
Clockmakers' lunch in The Queen's House Greenwich. The Derek Pratt Prize was presented to Martin Burgess - CLICK image for FULL SIZE
"Decoding Harrison" Symposium at Greenwich - charting Harrison’s early history in pendulum clock-making
The Master's visit to The Isle of Man - May 2014 - (click to view full size!)
Court members & the Stewards at the Midsummer Court meeting at Salters' Hall 4th July 2013
The Clockmakers' Company presented a clock to HM The Queen in March 2013 to mark her Diamond Jubilee
Congratulations to Past Master Mark Elliott & Liveryman Michael Jarrett - judged best overall pair in the Prince Arthur Cup at Walton Heath Golf Club in May 2013 in which 50 Livery Companies compete
HMS PROTECTOR 3rd October 2013: Lt Cdr Russ Scott ("2013 Man of the Year"), PM Commander Peter Linstead-Smith OBE RN, The Clerk, Capt Rhett Hatcher after the presentation of the Clockmakers' Tankard
The Princess Royal admiring The Clockmakers' Croll Testimonial Fountain which is now displayed in the Chamberlain's Court at Guildhall
Clockmakers' Charter Day sundial walk around the City of London
Andrew Crisford, Master in November 2011,and Liverymen, in the Lord Mayor's Show celebrating Lord Mayor Alderman Sir David Wootton's mayoralty.


The Clockmakers’ Museum is the oldest, and is considered by many to be one of the finest collections of clocks, watches and sundials in the world. The Bridgeman Art Library have images of several items in the collection.

The Clockmakers’ Museum is now closed to public viewing in preparation for its move to the Science Museum and re-opening as part of the new Time Gallery in the Summer of 2015. More information »


Most Freemen and Liverymen of the Clockmakers’ Company are still involved in horology, whether clock making, watch making, designing, buying, selling, collecting, repairing, restoring, conserving or using for scientific purposes. Becoming a Freeman involves making a declaration (taking an oath). Liverymen must first be granted their Freedom of the City.  See our History and Customs.

The Court

The Company is governed by a Court of ten or more Assistants. The Court elects a Master and three Wardens as its officers every year. The Clerk attends to the day-to-day business of the Company.


Charitable, having a long history of cultural patronage primarily supporting clockmaker related good causes and in particular the education and training of clockmakers, and making awards for excellence in horology; the Company now also plays an important part in social life, networking, and charitable work in the City of London.

The Newgate Street Clock

The Newgate Street Clock

The Newgate Street Clock was The Clockmakers’ 375th Anniversary Gift to The City of London.

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The Clockmakers’ Museum has closed for relocation

Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS) Lectures

A new formal affiliation was recently signed between the WCC and the AHS. WCC Liverymen and Freemen are encouraged to attend the excellent AHS Lectures, which are free to WCC members and include teas before and wine afterwards, so are very social and interesting events. List of forthcoming lectures in London is on the AHS site.

The Clockmakers’ Masterpiece Competition 2014-16

The Clockmakers' Company has launched The Clockmakers' Masterpiece Competition designed to reward and encourage individuals studying horology to show outstanding use of the skills involved in the art and practice of watch and clockmaking … see the rules … click for on-line application

Younger WCC please note!

Click this link for the "Younger Inter-Livery web-site" run by the Pewterers' Company - exciting events & fun for younger members of WCC! There's also a link on Facebook.

George Daniels Educational Trust

Encouraging excellence & financially assisting apprentices & students, with grants & bursaries for training in horology

Training to be a Clockmaker?

National Benevolent Society of Watch & Clock Makers