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    Default John Smith & Sons Clock Makers, Derby, November 2008


    John Smith began his clock making business at 27 Queen Street, Derby, in 1856. Smith had been apprenticed to Derby clock maker John Whitehurst, of Iron Gate, and it was from Whitehurst that Smith had bought the Queen Street premises, the Whitehurst family home. The building itself has a very interesting history. American statesman Benjamin Franklin had visited his friend Whitehurst there. Earlier, it had been home to both Denby born Astronomer Royal John Flamsteed and artist Joseph Wright. Part of the building had also at one time been a pub, The Acorn.






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    Inside the gate



    View down the yard



    Not a great deal to see inside, pitch black in places






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    What a fantastic place, love all the wooden panelling in one of the rooms. Good to see bits and pieces of clocks still in there too.

    Very, very nice find mate, excellent pics.

    Cheers,

    :) Sal
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    Quote Originally Posted by smileysal View Post
    What a fantastic place, love all the wooden panelling in one of the rooms. Good to see bits and pieces of clocks still in there too.

    Very, very nice find mate, excellent pics.

    Cheers,

    :) Sal
    Thanks Sal :)

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    Great stuff there sir! Its worth noting that Smith of Derby are responsible for the maintenance of the clock on St Pauls Cathedral. I was always somewhat cautious of entering this building as I'd heard rumours of some occupants (I've been told Squatters and drug users) is that the case?
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    Good grief I remember this place, used to pass it whilst on my way to that real ale pub nearby, (Flowerpot?) and used to know a bloke who worked for them, are they still in business? Nice explore, lovely to see the old clock faces lying around.
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    Still in business, I think they're in one of the out of town business parks, possibly Mansfield Road area.

    I think the Flowerpot would be what your talking about, though I prefer the Brunswick near Derby Midland Station :)
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    Oh, that is nice. The sign outside and the remaining clock faces inside are great. Good stuff. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by thompski View Post
    Great stuff there sir! Its worth noting that Smith of Derby are responsible for the maintenance of the clock on St Pauls Cathedral. I was always somewhat cautious of entering this building as I'd heard rumours of some occupants (I've been told Squatters and drug users) is that the case?
    Thanks mate. I was a bit dubious about going in myself, but no sign of anyone :) it was a bit of a relief to see that the forest of overgrowth didn`t seem to have been recently disturbed
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    [QUOTE=thompski;82069]Still in business, I think they're in one of the out of town business parks, possibly Mansfield Road area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Oh, that is nice. The sign outside and the remaining clock faces inside are great. Good stuff. :)
    Thanks Foxylady :)

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