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.

HRH The Princess Royal opening The Clockmakers' Museum on 22nd October 2015 in a new gallery at The Science Museum with Ian Blatchford, Director Science Museum, Dame Mary Archer DBE, Chairman Science Museum Group, and the Master
A view of the new Museum - Longitude precision simplified - The Harrison case on the left contains “H5”, to the right is the work of Mudge, Arnold, Earnshaw and their contemporaries
A view of the new Clockmakers’ Museum - superb examples of Thomas Tompion’s work, the Father of English clockmaking, and of Daniel Quare
A view of the new Clockmakers’ Museum - on the left 18 C domestic time keeping, with on the right a fine portrait of Francois Justin Vulliamy
A view of the new Clockmakers’ Museum with London clockmaking in the 20th century halfway down on the left
The Clockmakers’ Museum looking down the gallery, showing chronometers and naval history in the centre distance
A view of the new Clockmakers’ Museum - Horological Curiosities
The Master with Clockmakers at Art in Action 2015
The 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
A Grave Party - Jonathan Betts, Master 2014, & Wardens on the 190th Anniversary of Victor Kullberg's birthday
The Master's visit to Charles Frodsham & Company - September 2014 (click the image to view full size)
The Princess Royal admiring The Clockmakers' Croll Testimonial - now on loan to The Science Museum, in the Information Age Gallery
The Clockmakers' Company presented a clock to HM The Queen in March 2013 to mark her Diamond Jubilee
The Master's visit to The Isle of Man - May 2014 - (click to view full size!)
The Master's outing to Belmont House and Shepherd Neame Brewery
Pub Lecture: 30th September: "Making a Living Out of Time" by Liveryman David Rooney (click image to see full screen size)
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
Court members & the Stewards at the Midsummer Court meeting at Salters' Hall 4th July 2013
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
Jonathan Betts, Master 2014, & Members of the Clockmakers' Company at the unveiling of the George Daniels Blue Plaque at 21 Thornsett Road, on Charter Day
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 was formally opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 22nd October 2015 in a new gallery on the 2nd floor of The Science Museum.  Plan your visit >> 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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George Daniels’ Lecture – 2nd December 2015

Liverymen & Freemen are invited to attend this year's George Daniels' Lecture - "The Watchmaker's Apprentice"; a film screening about the life of Dr. George Daniels and his apprentice Roger W Smith on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 at 6.15pm. Entrance is free - apply here >>

Garden of Remembrance at St Paul’s

The Clerk, The Master, Freeman Freddie Bearn (RBL Standard Bearer) and Revd Hugh Bearn, Honorary Chaplain at the Garden of Remembrance Service at St Paul's Cathedral 2nd November 2015.

AHCI Young Talent Competition

The Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI) and F P Journe have partnered to launch a Young Talent Competition 2015 - 2016 offering watchmaking apprentices the opportunity to demonstrate their skills by entering a global contest. Applicants must be watchmaking apprentices or have graduated from their apprenticeship after August 2014. The Clockmakers' Company encourages qualified individuals to apply - click this link. Closing date for entry is 31 Dec 2015

The Clockmakers’ Masterpiece Competition 2014-16

The Clockmakers' Company 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