James West of Bolton (1828-1855)

James West traded as a watch and clockmaker from his premises at 13 Bradshawgate. He is first listed working close by in Fold Street during 1828 with his father William.

As well as domestic clocks he also made Turret Clocks, and one survives to this day, made specifically for Saint Paul’s Church Halliwell Road in 1848. This is said to be the last example of its type surviving in Bolton. The clock was fully restored in 2011.

James is also reputed to have been the last dedicated clockmaker in Bolton.

A 19th century oak cased drop dial wall clock, the 12″ dial signed West Bolton, A frame brass movement with single wire driven fusee and anchor escapement, total length 55.5cm. 

St Paul’s showing the face of its historic clock.