Thomas Hampson "of Wrexham" - his Chester phase. - From Antiquarian Horological Society 2011.
By Steve and Darlah Thomas*
Thomas Hampson (1690s? - 1755) is known as a prolific clockmaker based in Wrexham, North Wales during the second quarter of the eighteenth century. Before that, he worked for an unknown number of years in the 1720s in nearby Chester across the English border. This Chester phase has escaped the focus of horologists, as few examples of his work during this brief period survive.
Since 2000, three longcase clocks from his Chester phase have come to light. One of these was discovered only very recently and has an interesting provenance. It is a fine example of provincial clockmaking, but possesses features more usually seen on London clocks.
THOMAS HAMPSON - HIS HOROLOGICAL RECORD
Thomas Hampson is known as one of Wales' most prolific clockmakers who lived and worked in the Denbigshire market town of Wrexham from at least 1728 until his death in 1755. He is of special interest to horologists because he numbered most, though not all of his clocks, using a sequence which is not fully understood. He is respected as one of the very few Welsh clockmakers to ............ Please see full article here.
Steve and Darlah Thomas have lived in Chester for almost 40 years. They are amateur horologists who have recently written a book about the Gloverstone clockmakers of Chester. Please send any comments, questions or queries to email@example.com
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