Wall Clock – William McFerran – Openshaw – Manchester – c1851

22 Aug
Clock face showing gold leaf numerals and glass dial. Courtesy. J. Shaw.

Clock face showing gold leaf numerals and glass dial. Courtesy. J. Shaw.

This is a wall clock made by William McFerran of 7-10 Victoria Street, Manchester dating from around 1851.

William McFerran was a notable watchmaker, clockmaker and jeweller whose shop  was located at 7-10 Victoria Street, near to medieval Manchester Cathedral.

McFerran provided a lot of time pieces for companies linked to the railways, such as London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS). As well as wall clocks, he provided time pieces for railways guards, porters and train drivers as well as exporting to countries like USA and Australia.

William McFerran was born in Prestwich in 1804, during a very dark period of English history; when the country was under imminent threat of invasion by Napoleon‘s French forces during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815); which would consume the nation for over a decade until Duke of Wellington‘s (leading Anglo-Dutch forces) decisive victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1850.

McFerran lived a few miles away from the city centre of Manchester on Cavendish Road in Prestwich, just off Bury New Road, which McFerran would have used to directly to get to his shop, most likely by horse and carriage.

15 mins probably by horse carriage and was direct route via bury new road, if on your clock you have something that relates to openshaw it will because its off the Openshaw railway line made by him and not because he had shop in openshaw because he did’nt.

As wealthy jeweller is shop was broken into about 1867 into and some £13000 taken; how much would that be today probably in the millions i should image ?.As well as being a clock/time piece maker he was a goldsmith and silversmith to.

Hope this helps.

William Mc Ferran was also a watch maker.

The clock measures 48.26cm square.

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