Thanks for that nudge. No I hadn't looked into those, I was in fact (for
some reason!) more interested in finding anyone who had personal
awareness of such clocks - someone who had actually seen one.
As it happens I have seen a few of William's samples ... two of his
large 2-sided clocks adorned Birmingham's Snow Hill Railway Station's
premises for over 50 years, and I have seen 4 other examples, including
2 that are owned by members of our family.
I am in fact working with Braunton Museum (Devon), trying to get one of
his old Snow Hill clocks down to them - it's currently hanging on a
school's wall in Staffordshire.
But I may well look into the clock/watch museums you have so diligently
On 26/08/2015 22:07, Paul Hockie wrote:
Google throws up 2 or 3 Clock/Watch Museums in the UK. They seem to have
archives and/or libraries. Have you tried these?
From: devon-bounces(a)rootsweb.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of John Lerwill via
Sent: 24 August 2015 14:35
Subject: [DEV] William Lerwill, clockmaker
This is a long shot, but it's about my gt-grandfather who migrated from
BRAUNTON to Birmingham ca. 1854/55 as a 12-year-old - with his parents and
siblings. He set up a clockcase-making business about 10 years later, in
Birmingham, when in his very early 20s. That business lasted for nearly 60
years until he was bought out. Yes, he worked into his 80s.
Much research over the years has progressively dug up a newspaper-recorded
dialogue that took place between he and representaives of Braunton during
1880-81. He was to have supplied a clock for display in the village square,
but the project fell through.
However, he didn't give up entirely - in 1887 we know he did supply a clock
to a church in the village ... it's still there!
If anyone is interested in the subject of clocks and Devon I'd be pleased to
know if they have come across anything about William and his continued
interest in his Devon roots. Please note that there happend to be another
William LERWILL who was a watchmaker and jeweller who operated out of Combe
Martin in the 1880-1900 period. In fact I believe he and my gt-grandfather
had some kind of business connection - a brother of the CM Lerwill happened
also to appear in Birmingham for a short while in the 1870s, and lived in
the same district as my gt-grandfather!
Many thanks for your interest in reading this!