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    Default J.M Mallinson, Watchmakers & Jewellers, Coventry, July 2019


    Well, what can I say about this place. A three story house with the ground floor used as a watchmakers & jewellers workshop. Sat unused and untouched for years, cram packed full of stuff.

    The house had belonged to the Mallinson family for a couple of generations, the watchmakers father was a businessman in his own right and owned a shop in the city called The Great Supply Company. Evidence of this company was inside the house.

    The place was a true time capsule. It was full of vintage equipment, old tools clocks, watches paperwork dating back 100 years. There was no evidence of the metric system anywhere, it must have been sat like this for years. We were lucky enough to visit during the brief period it was open.

    It had appeared online only a week previous to us visiting and within a week of our visit it had been totally cleared. A lot of the stuff ended up in a nearby antiques shop but I'm betting loads was just binned.

    The building is to be sold at auction.

    Such a shame the place could almost have been a museum, there can't be many more places like this left now.

    To think in the ten years or so I have been doing this hobby this place was sat here like this unknown to me in my home town!!

    Visited with Rusty early on a Sunday morning in July last year.










































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    Nice pics, must of just missed u in there 😏

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    Without doubt one of the best examples of a true time capsule anywhere I've ever seen - I'm gutted I missed out on this one but thankful for the photos people did get.
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    Wow, can't believe I missed out on this time capsule so close to home. Delighted you got to capture it though; nice photos SJ9966!

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    Yeah it was one that got out quick & disappeared quick.
    Your pics are better than I managed as I did go back to get some more less than a week later & it was already sealed!
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

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    Beautifully shot. :)

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    What a fabulous find. My great grandfather was a watchmaker in Coventry, so I find this especially interesting. Glad I came by to copy some info from one of my explores and noticed this one. Nice one, SJ9966. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    My great grandfather was a watchmaker in Coventry, so I find this especially interesting.
    Funnily enough, clock and watchmaking is an industry that's pretty much extinct in Britain now - Smiths, Westclox and so forth don't make them any more, and the few modern "artisan" watchmakers who've sprung up tend to assemble them using Swiss or Japanese movements.

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    Such a shame. My last watch was made in china, so I'm not surprised to hear that our own industry has gone. :(
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