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.

A Grave Party - The Master & 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
Jonathan Betts, Master of the Clockmakers' Company, presents the Derek Pratt Prize to Martin Burgess 10th July 2014 at Greenwich
"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!)
Jonathan Betts, the Master, with the Deputy Master, Wardens, Chaplain, the Revd Hugh Bearn, and Piper Freddie Bearn, at St James Garlickhythe after Installation on 29th January 2014
The Master with the Stewards at Painters' Hall: Liverymen Robert Wren, James Nye, Jane Pedler and Keith Scobie-Youngs
Court members & the Stewards at the Midsummer Court meeting at Salters' Hall 4th July 2013
The Clockmakers' Museum, at Guildhall in the City of London, with the 21st Century case in the foreground.
The Harrison case on the left contains John Harrison’s celebrated 5th marine timekeeper. Mudge, Arnold, Earnshaw and others are to the right.
The Clockmakers' Company presented a clock to HM The Queen in March 2013 to mark her Diamond Jubilee
Jonathan Betts, The Master, won the Masters' Pancake Race on Shrove Tuesday at Guildhall !
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 situated at Guildhall in the City of London 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. It is open to the public and entrance is free.


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 clock was removed for maintenance in 2013 and re-installed in March 2014)

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

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Ships, Clocks & Stars : the Quest for Longitude

at The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich from 11th July 2014 to 4th January 2015. All info on this link.

John Harrison at Leeds City Museum

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.

Clockmakers’ Museum on Bridgeman site

The Clockmakers' Museum now has its own dedicated page on the new Bridgeman Images web-site, showing details of many items in our collection ... click the link to view

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