Andrew Knowles, Bolton (1725 – 1771)

Andrew Knowles the Bolton Clock maker born in 1657 was active from 1725 to his death in 1771 making long-case and other clocks. Many of his surviving clocks have been modified, often with additional carving to the case. He is mentioned in the Stratford Churchwardens Accounts of 1746. At his death he was described as a clockmaker of Picks (Pikes?) Lane, Parish of Bolton.

There is one clock known as Knowles and Bridge, presumably a partnership with Thomas Bridge

Andrew Knowles, Walnut cased quarter chiming clock, the ten and a half inch brass dial with Roman numeral silvered chaper ring and lotus flower engraved centre, flanked by gilt brass coronet cherub spandrels, within a square section glazed hood and dentil moulded cornice between turned pilasters, above a slender arched long trunk door, flanked by half fulted columns on plinth base and ogee bracket feet, having a converted three train quarter chiming movement with hammers on eight bells and hourly strike on a bell, with anchor escapement, originally a thirty hour movement.

An eight day carved oak longcase clock, by Andrew Knowles, the hood with barleytwist columns flanking a 12” brass dial with silvered chapter ring, date aperture, the movement striking on bell, the trunk later carved with tulips to the door and the base carved with herons, raised on bracket feet.

An 18th century oak long-case clock,┬áby Andrew Knowles of Bolton. Having a 12″ square brass dial, brass spandrels, signed to the silvered chapter ring, with Roman and Arabic numerals, the centre with rolling moon-phase, date aperture, and twin winding holes for an eight day weight driven four pillar movement striking on a bell, the associated case being later carved and having fluted pilasters to a box base.