Northern Section

To be held at Trinity Methodist Church, Trinity Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 3ED at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated

Meetings and events cancelled until further notice due to the Coronavirus situation

Some provisional dates for meetings have been pencilled in for 9 July, 13 August and 10 September. Details will appear on this page.


Full Programme for 2020 (PDF download, updated 12 March)


Recent Meetings

Meeting reports for previous years: 2019 2018 2017

Maltese Clocks (March 2020)
At the March meeting members were introduced to a topic few were familiar with – clocks made on the island of Malta. Steve Tennick began with a history of clockmaking on the island and went on to describe the island’s unique style of wall clock which he had seen made there using traditional methods.

The Maltese wall clock has particular characteristics, consisting of a highly decorated wooden box with two doors. The inner door features the clock face, the dial and a small aperture showing the pendulum. The outer door includes the glass pane, which protects the mechanism from dust. Dials are painted with flowers and typically have local rural or maritime scenes at their centre. To our eyes, their movements are upside-down with winding barrels at the top, pulleys at the very top and weights which fall down the sides. The escapement is at the bottom. Steve had seen the cases of these clocks being made in Valetta. The illustrations below show clock cases under construction.

Northern report 1 03-2020
Norhtern report 2 03-2020

Clock and watch advertising papers (February 2020)
A vast and wide-ranging display of items, dating back to 1795 was assembled by members at the start of the meeting. These included clock and watchmakers’ catalogues and stationery; watch papers; boxes for display, presentation or storage all marked with makers’ names and addresses; trade directories and other reference materials. The newest items were the glossy catalogues of prestigious watch making companies such as Patek Philippe, while the oldest were a set of watch papers. Members described their items to the audience and outlined their history and importance.

Members’ items brought in for discussion
Members’ items brought in for discussion
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Pages from a large format informative booklet produced by the Hamilton Watch Company towards the end of WWll. It outlined some of the company’s manufactures for the war effort and informed the public about the fine watches it would be making in peacetime
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JG Graves Ltd of Sheffield, Manufacturers and Merchants. This company purchased many watches from the Lancashire Watch Company which were signed with the Graves name. The company must have been proud of its building which was pictured on its notepaper, invoices and receipts, giving an impression of permanence, quality and reliability
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Three watch papers advertising businesses in the Cambridge area which could be up to 200 years old. Watch papers can be a useful guide to a watch’s provenance, but must be regarded with some caution as they are easily transferred from one watch to another

AGM and short video presentations   (January 2020)
The first meeting of the year began with the Northern Section’s AGM. This was followed by a showing of three horological videos -


1.       The Coventry Watch Museum Project.
2.       How a Watch Works
3.       What Makes a Fine Watch Fine


The first told the story of watchmaking in Coventry from the earliest times. The second and third videos were produced by the Hamilton Watch Company in the 1940s.