Historic clocks from Wensleydale and Swaledale to feature in exhibition at Tennants

Detail of William Terry of Masham clock

Yorkshire’s proud clock-making history is being celebrated this summer at The Garden Rooms at Tennants this month.

More than 60 grandfather clocks, wall and table clocks, watches and barometers will be on display.

The exhibition runs from 20 July – 16 August.

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Yorkshire has a long history of clock-making. In the late 17 century the crafting of longcase clocks moved away from London, and a thriving industry developed in the North.

Eventually, every town had its own clockmaker, and a fascinating diversity of styles developed around regional centres.

The exhibition will showcase over fifty clocks from Masham, Richmond, Reeth, Leyburn, Middleham, Askrigg, Hawes, York, Easingwold, Ripon, Thirsk, Northallerton and Bedale.

Of particular interest to horologists will be at least ten early clocks from York and there will be a particularly strong representation of Wensleydale clock makers.

The exhibition will also include a number of unusual clocks from elsewhere in Yorkshire.

Detail of William Terry of Masham clock

The exhibition has been organised by a group of Clock enthusiasts – Dr David Severs of Northallerton, Edward Bacon of York, David Varley of Newton-on-Ouse and Howard Walker of Brompton-on-Swale.

Admission is free, but the organisers will be fundraising for The Friarage MRI Scanner Appeal throughout the exhibition.

Visit The Garden Rooms website for further details.