Masters since 1631

Masters' Boards in office

The “Boards” in the Clockmakers’ Company office recording the names of all Masters. The Stewards’ staves are also shown.

The Company’s first Master was named in the Royal Charter of 1631, but not sworn before the Lord Mayor until 12th October 1632.

Under the terms of the Charter, subsequent elections took place on or around the feast of St. Michael the Archangel (29th September).

During the 17th and early 18th centuries, the official calendar year ran from April to the end of March, so most Masters (elected in September, but not sworn until October), served 5-6 months in the year of their election and 6-7 months in the following year.

The calendar change of 1751 however, meant that Masters after that date served only 2 months in their year of election and 10 in the following year.

In 1816 a further change took place. William Robson was elected in September, but not installed until early January 1817. He served until the following January. From that date onwards, Masters have served the full year following their election.

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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