Makers Directory

This page gives a comprehensive list of Bolton’s known Clock and Watch makers. Listed alphabetically (with their known working years) it covers Little Bolton, Great Bolton, Halliwell, Astley Bridge, and the other townships comprising the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton. We also cover Bolton names from further afield such as Horwich, where their trade mark was ‘Bolton’. Where the name is followed by ‘of Little Bolton‘ or ‘of Great Bolton‘ this is the known trade mark used on their work.

Please click the link to go to the dedicated biography page for each maker.

Abel, Edward – (1816 – 1841)

Agar, John of Bolton – (1853 – 1915) 

Agar, John – (1901) 

Agar, John and William (1876)

Agar, Mary – (1858-61)

Agar, William  – (1857 – 1861)

Agar, William & Co of Bolton – (1857 – 1861)

Agar & Sons (1869)

Ainsworth, J.M. (1857)

Anderton, John – (1841)

Arkinstall, Joseph – (1888 – 1914)

Arkinstall, Joseph Edward -()

Arkwright, Sir Richard (1750-1768)

Ashall, Charles  – (1848 – 1881) 

Ashall, John – (1828 – 1834)

Ashall, William of Bolton – (1836 – 1853)

Aspinall, Benjamin of Bolton – (1895)

Aspinall, James – (1712)

Aspinall, William of Bolton – (1848 – 1861)

Atherton, Stanley 1960 – 2018)

Bamber, Samuel – (1858)

Banks, William – (1878 – 1911)

Barlow, John Thomas – (1876 – 1877)

Barr, Thomas – (1790)

Barr, Thomas – (1840)

Barry, John – (1811 – 1841)

Barry, Thomas of Ormskirk (1788-1838)

Barry, Thomas of Bolton – (1816 – 1829)

Baynes, Richard of Bolton – (1855 – 1861) 

Batten, G – (1887)

Berrington, Bolton (1843-1851)

Berrington, James of Bolton-le-Moors – (1836 – 1841)

Berrington, John Johnson of Bolton-le-Moors – (1818 – 1851)

Berrington, Uriah (1808)

Berry, John – (1881)

Beswick, Thomas Cuthbert – (1881) 

Bevington, J (1814)

Bibby, Henry – (1858)

Binks, John (1857 – 1881)

Binks, Thomas of Bolton – (1876 – 1895)

Birckley, John Baptist of Bolton – (1881-1895)

Bolton, Watch Repairing Company – (1843 -1889) 

Booth Brothers, Bolton (1886)

Booth, John (1866)

Booth, William Bruce(1873 – 1881)

Boyd, J & R

Bradberry, Matthew of Little Bolton – (1821 – 1825)

Bradbury, William of Bolton – (1895)

Bradshaw, Alfred E (1870-1875)

Bradshaw, Ellis (1654-1678)

Bradshaw, John (1824-1881)

Bradshaw, Thomas and William – (1855)

Bradshaw, W. 1858

Branton, J.F. – (1895)

Breeze, Richard Henry (1881 – 1901)

Bridge, Thomas, of Bolton (1707 – 1717)

Bridge, Thomas of Wigan 1717-1745

Brierley, Thomas. Bolton

Brooks, B*

Brown, Joseph (1843)

Brown, Michael (1840-1881)

Brownbill, John

Burghart, Augustin (1834 – 1848)

Burnett, Thomas of Bolton – (1894 – 1895)

Butler, Jacob of Bolton-le-Moors – (1805 – 1818)

Butler, James of Bolton-le-Moors – (1760 – 1795)

Butler, James and Jacob 1785

Butler Bolton, Mrs. (1818-1824)

Carnes, John (1838)

Carr, T (1874)

Callcott, James of Bolton

Catterall, Joseph. of Bolton – (1828)

Chadbond, James Henry (1881)

Chadwick, Edward (1869-1901)

Chambers, Robert of Little Bolton – (1855-1876)

Chambers, Thomas (1851 – 1861)

Child, Algernon Sidney (1868 – 1886)

Clough, John James of Bolton – (1895)

Clough, John of Bolton – (1895)

Cohen, David (1891)

Corken, William (1863-1869)

Cranshaw, Esther of Bolton – (1887-1900)

Crinnell, John Wesley (1890 – 1913)

Crosland, W. Bolton

Crossley, John (1873)

Daniels, John H. of Bolton – (1895)

Darby, William (1881)

Dawson, H.S. of Bolton – (1895)

Dearden, P (1887-1900)

Dickinson, (Longcase Clock)

Dixon, James (1798)

Dorer, Carl (1881)

Douglas, Robert (1775)

Draper, James Thomas (1861-1899) (review)

Dritchlea, John (1845)

Duckworth Prestex (2021- )

Dunn, (early 19th C Watchmaker)

English, David. (1864 – 1869)

English, Harriett (1819 – 1881)

Entwistle, Richard Holmes (1861)

Entwistle, William Maude (1881)

Fallows, John (1792 – 1797)

Farnworth, James (1859-1881)

Farnworth, Randolph of Bolton – (1891 – 1913)

Farnworth, Thomas (1871-1920)

Farren, John (1791-1841)

Fattorini, T Bolton & Skipton – (1903  – 1975)

Fisher, F (1898-1900)

Fisher, James (1847-1893)

Fletcher, John (1832 – 1880)

Formby, Thomas (1792)

Foulkes, E. T. (1885)

Frankenthall, Isaac (1909)

Franks, Isaac (1909)

Gaydon, Frank (1947)

Gilbert, Egerton C (1861 – 1898)

Giles, Albert Thomas (1881 – 1891) 

Giles, Alfred (1891)

Glendinning, Roger John (1879)

Greenhalgh, Jos Market St Farnworth (1869)

Greenhalgh, S (1874)

Greenough, Alfonza (1870 – 1891)

Greenough, George (1870 – 1891)

Greenough, Samuel, (1849 – 1891)

Greenough, S. & Sons of Bolton – (1870 – 1960’s)

Grohe, John James

Hall, George (1881)

Halliwell, Joseph of Bolton – (1887-1900)

Halliwell, Richard of Little Bolton – (1863-1911)

Hallsworth, Elisha

Hampson, Robert(1780-1797)

Hampson, of Bolton (1780)

Hardman, Joseph Thomas (1891-1948)

Harwood, John – (1929 – 1931)

Hayward, David – (1873)

Herman, Anthony (1841)

Herr, Joseph (1840 – 1861)

Hesketh, Samuel (1849 – 1852)

Hesketh, Samuel (1852 – 1913)

Hewitt, Michael (1876 – 1893)

Hodgkins, Henry Phillips of Bolton – (1876-1895)

Hodkinson, Alfred 1899 watchmaker

Hodson, George – (1753 – 1827)

Hodson, John (1666)

Hodson, William (1790 – 1793)

Holman, Thomas (1922-1954)

Holt, John B. B. (1861-1891)

Horton and Arkinstall (1901-1914)

Horton, Edward (1901-1914)

Howarth, Elijah of Bolton – (1891-1922)

Howcroft, Richard (1876)

Hoyle, John (1818 – 1824)

Hoyle, William (1824 – 1829)

Hunt, Fredrick Augustus Watchmaker (1897)

Hunt, Frederick William (1870 – 1900)

Hutchason, William. Bolton-le-Moors. ca.1820

Hutchinson, Henry. (1861 – 1865)

Hutchinson, Rebecca Bath St. Little Bolton (1869)

Ironfield, John (1881)

Isherwood, Charlotte (1861-1873)

Isherwood, Charlotte & Esther – (1861 – 1873)

Isherwood, Miss Esther (1841-1881)

Isherwood, Frank of Bolton – (1895)

Isherwood, James of Bolton – (1895)

Isherwood, John of Bolton (1847 – 1881)

Isherwood, John of Bolton (1847 – 1873)

Isherwood, William of Bolton (1858 – 1869)

Jackson, John of Bolton – (1881-1901)

James, W.H. of Bolton – (1895)

John, James

Johnson & Co of Little Bolton (1824 -1825)

Johnson, John of Bolton – (1821-1822)

Jones, Laurence of Bolton – (1895)

Jones, William Stewart of Bolton – (1869 – 1895)

Keell, F. & Co. of Bolton – (1895)

Kerr, Joseph of Bolton – (1853-1855)

Kirkhall, Thomas of Bolton-le-Moors (1673)

Knowles, Andrew of Bolton (1725 – 1771)

Knowles, Thomas, Bolton (1778 – 1787)

Knowles and Bridge, Bolton (18th Century)

Lanzetter, David Leon (1911- 1963)

Lanzetter, Jacob Kofko (1902 – 1940)

Lanzetter, Saul (1911- 1988)

Lee, Henry of Bolton – (1843 -1853) 

Lee, Henry II – (1853 – 1881)

Lee, Henry III – (1871)

Lee, Henry & Son – (1853 – 1895).

Lee, James (1860-1870)

Lee, John (1782-1789)

Lee, William of Bolton – (1890 – 1915)

Lee, Thomas – (1868 – 1899)

Lee, Thomas Henry (1901-1939)

Leigh, Thomas. Bolton (1781).

Lemon, Arthur (1830)

Lemon, Samuel (1832)

Lever, Henry (1794)

Levy, Josiah – 

Lister, Samuel (1770 – 1809)

Livesey, George (1700)

Livesey, John (1730 – 1753)

Lloyd, Frederick of Bolton – (1895)

Lomas, Samuel (1736)

Lumb, Thomas Henry. of Bolton – (1867 – 1905)

Lumbey, Frank (1901-1919)

Makin, George (1834 – 1881)

Makin, Richard (1900-1944)

Manchester, Thomas of Bolton – (1799 – 1870)

Mancor, James of Bolton – (1827 – 1855)

Marsh, William

Mather, Abel of Bolton – (1881 – 1905)

Mather, Abraham()

McClatchey, James (1892-1901)

McEvans, Edward (1855 – 1861)

Micht, Wallier(Unknown)

Monk, George (1868 – 1890)

Monk, John of Bolton – (1834 – 1866)

Monk, Samuel of Bolton (1834)

Monk Bros. of Bolton (1890)

Monk and Gilbert of Bolton (1868 – 1873)

Morris, Levy (1856 – 1911)

Morris, Mary of Bolton (1824-1829)

Morris, Robert of Little Bolton – (1838 – 1843)

Morris, William – (1878 – 1891)

Moss, James

Mowcar, James of Bolton – (1828)

Murray, William – (1890) 148 Market St. Farnworth

Norman, Robert (1841)

Norris, Carlton (1927-1936)

Nuttall, James (1876)

Oldham, A & Son of Bolton – 

Osborne, Thomas (1665)

Parr, J. – Bolton (1800)

Partington, Thomas (1861)

Peacock, James (1883-1938)

Pendlebury, Bolton (1887)

Pilkington, Joseph (1860 – 1881)

Pilkington, Thomas (1825 – 1881)

Pilkington, Samuel (1847 – 1881)

Pinder, Charles (1861 – 1901)

Pinder, Charles Owen (1891)

Pinder, Edward Stanley (1901 – 1939)

Pinder, Walter

Pinder, Walter Stanley (1901)

Preston, Bernard (1861-1901)

Preston, James (1876-1881)

Preston, James & Co (1869 – 1905)

Preston, Joseph John (1891)

Preston, Joseph John Jarthon (1901-1911)

Preston’s Of Bolton (1905 – 2016)

Proffitt, James (1881-1950)

Proffitt, James Henry (1871-1939)

Profitt, William Henry (1891-1921)

Reddish, Joseph (1821 – 1842)

Richards, Simon (1846-1881)

Rider, Wiliam 1790 Watchmaker Farnworth

Roch, Andrew (1816 -1841)

Rothwell, James (-1796)

Royle, John of Bolton – (1738 – 1740)

Ruff & Tritschler ( -1847)

Scrowcroft, Thomas

Shaw, John and Sons Bolton (1875 – 1884)

Shaw, Thomas (1870-1892)

Sherwood, John

Sherwood, W. 1864 Newport St

Simpson,

Sisson, Joshua Bolton – (1861- 1880)

Slater, George James

Sowerby, William

Smith, Henry (1902 -1911)

Smith, Jeremiah 1876 133 Derby st

Smith, Roger – (1995- )

Spencer, Eli of Bolton – (1820 – 1861)

Standfast, William (1876)

Standring, Jeremiah of Bolton – (1742-1782)

Stuart, Joseph 1876

Stuart, Robert (1888)

Swindells, John (1775)

Taylor, A. Bolton (1814-1824)

Taylor, Thomas

Thomas, T.J. Bolton

Thomas, John

Tritschler, John of Bolton – (1847-1872)

Tyson, Edward(1800 – 1870)

Tyson, Thomas of Bolton – (1848-1861)

Waddington, James Henry

Walker, Michael of Bolton – (1805 – 1824)

Walker, Richard Henry ( 1883-1921)

Walker, William (1788-1851)

Walley, Johannes de Bolton

Walley, John de Bolton (-1730)

Walley, Robert (-1685)

Wallier, Micht of Bolton (Unknown)

Walsh, J. – Bolton

Warburton, Henry of Bolton – (1722 – 1774)

Waddington, John Cheapside, Farnworth( 1869)

Watts, George(1861-1894) (review)

West, George of Bolton (1814-1881)

West, James of Bolton – (1828 – 1855)

West, William of Bolton – (1828)

Whaley, John of Bolton – (1722)

Whitefield, George

Wightman, James W

Wigston, William (1840-1904)

Wilburn, George

Wilburn, Joseph (1869-1881)

Wilde, Jos. –

Wilding, Thomas

Williamson, A.

Wilson, Thomas

Winder, Stephen

Wolfenden, Samuel. Bolton (1893 – 1898)

Wood, Edward 1871 52 St Hellen’s Rd

Wood, Heaton Thomas (1891-1910)

Wood, Robert of Bolton – (1853-1864)

Wood, William Junior of Bolton – (1841 -1855)

Wood, William of Bolton – (1853 – 1855)

Wood, William – (1931-1944)

Woodcock, James Henry (1875 – 1898)

Wright, William. A. (1864-1865)

Young, Richard (possibly not)

Young, George