Clockmaker Masters and their Apprentices

Jeremy Lancelotte Evans has transcribed these 157 pages of records of Clockmakers’ Company Masters and their Apprentices from the Atkins list of 1931. Click on the image below to access the file. He comments that there are several instances when it has not been possible to distinguish between the apprentices of two makers of the same name. Usually this is confusion between father and son. When the company clerks did differentiate, it was with terms such as ‘elder’ or ‘younger’ and ‘senior’ or ‘junior’.

All of the trades mentioned are those cited by Atkins. The temptation to supplement information regarding trades has been resisted (so far).

When a maker’s company is named it does not necessarily follow that that was the maker’s precise trade. Many members of the various facets of the horological trades were members of other companies.

A number of apprentices were indentured through other city companies but were turned over to members of the Clockmakers’ Company. Cliff Webb’s ongoing compilation of lists of London Apprentices bound through the various companies (published by the Society of Genealogists) has enabled some of the indenture dates, of which Atkins was unaware, to be filled in. These are placed in square brackets.

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