The Newgate Street
Clock was the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers' 375th Anniversary Gift to The City of London.
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Clockmakers were formed by a Royal Charter in 1631. Originally, no person was allowed to sell clocks unless they were a member of the Company. However, such requirements have since been relaxed and later removed. The Company now exists as a charitable institution, as do a majority of Livery Companies.
The Company museum was previously housed in the London Guildhall Library. The collection includes John Harrison's clock H5. Since 2015 the collection has been rehoused in the Science Museum in London. The new display was officially opened by HRH Princess Anne on 22 October 2015.
The Company's archive and library are however still kept at the Guildhall Library.
The Clockmakers' Company ranks sixty-first in the order of precedence for Livery Companies. Its motto is Tempus Rerum Imperator, Latin for Time is the commander of (all) things.
The Reverend Henry Leonard Nelthropp MA FSA, Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers of the City of London 1893 and 1894.
Those who have been Master of the Company include the following:
- 1631, David Ramsay
- 1636, Elias Allen
- 1645, 1652 Edward East
- 1702, Joseph Windmills
- 1703, Thomas Tompion
- 1708, Daniel Quare
- 1717 Nathaniel Chamberlain
- 1718, Thomas Windmills
- 1817, John Roger Arnold
- 1821, 1823, 1825, 1827, 1847 Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy
- 1855, 1862 Charles Frodsham
- 1893, 1894 Revd. Henry Leonard Nelthropp
- 1902, 1914 William Henry Mahoney Christie
- 1922, 1931 Sir Frank Watson Dyson
- 1926, Hugh Rotherham
- 1946, Lord Iliffe of Yattendon
- 1949, 1954 Sir Harold Spencer Jones
- 1959, Viscount Falmouth
- 1960, Lord Harris
- 1969, Sir Richard van der Riet Woolley
- 1974, Sir Frank Chalton Francis
- 1976, Sir Hugh Wontner
- 1980, George Daniels
- 1986, Viscount Falmouth
- 1989, Lord Murton of Lindisfarne
- 2000, Alexander Boksenberg
- 2001, Sir George White, Bt
- 2002, Michael Monro Smith
- 2003, Christopher John Hurrion
- 2004, Philip John Willoughby
- 2005, Mrs Diana Muriel Uff
- 2006, Maj Gen David Anthony Somerset Pennefather CB OBE
- 2007, David John Poole FBHI
- 2008, Dr Michael David Sanderson PhD
- 2009, Cdr Peter John Linstead-Smith OBE RN
- 2010, Howard Carl Newman FBHI
- 2011, Andrew Charles Henry Crisford
- 2012, Mark Westcombe Elliott FCA
- 2013, Prof Paul Eugene Marcus Jarrett FRCS
- 2014, Jonathan Daniel Betts MBE FSA FBHI
The company's motto, "Tempus Rerum Imperator" ("Time of Emperor/Time is the commander of (all) things") has been adopted by the Google Web Accelerator project. It is shown in the "About Google Web Accelerator" page.