Cardiff Clocks

by William Linnard

Clocks have been made in Cardiff and the adjoining Vale of Glamorgan since the seventeenth century; in the eighteenth century clockmakers could be found in quite small villages such as Llancarfan as well as the towns of the region; and in the nineteenth century the craft expanded in the valleys of the coalfield, not least through the immigration of clockmakers from central Europe. This study brings together scattered references to clockmakers in Cardiff and its region over a long period and includes a comprehensive list of some 800 craftsmen in Cardiff, the Vale and the Glamorgan Valleys. There are also chapters explaining the main features of the longcase (`grandfather') clock, and details of clocks on display in local museums and on public buildings. The book includes a complete facsimile, with over 40 pages of illustrations, of a fascinating catalogue of clocks, watches and other items sold by a shopkeeper in the small coalfield town of Blaengarw around 1900.

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1999. Paperback, 136 pages, 8 colour plates
22 black and white plates

ISBN 1 898937 29 X