About Us

Established in 1967, Sinclair Harding honours the historical tradition of fine English clockmaking. With its range of beautiful hand crafted clocks, this unique company embraces the horological industry’s ideals for precision, quality and perfection.

Sinclair Harding’s craftsmen work hard to study and preserve original production techniques. The exquisite detail of each clock is testament to this skill and dedication, with every delicate stage of production carried out in the Yorkshire based workshop.

Every clock Sinclair Harding makes is lovingly crafted to suit your individual requirements and your involvement is encouraged at all stages during production of what will become a treasured heirloom. Clients are welcome to visit the workshop to appreciate first hand the trademark skill and dedication of Robert Bray and his fellow craftsmen.

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Mike Harding and Bill Sinclair1967 - Founded as a clock repair business by Mike Harding and Bill Sinclair in Cheltenham.

Sinclair Harding Longcase Clocks1971 - Made first Longcase Clock with strike movement, Bill Sinclair retires.

1972-1975 - Development of chiming movement with Tim Bazuley followed by Bracket Clock and Three Train Fusee Movement.

The original Standard Sea Clock from Sinclair Harding1980 - 1983 Standard Sea Clock and Giant Carriage Clock introduced from which the Perpetual Calendar Carriage Clock developed.

Clock commissions for Sinclair Harding1985 - Engaged in a variety of public commissions including the Wishing Fish Clock in Cheltenham and a 7 Ages of Man Congreve Clock.

Robert Bray takes over as owner of Sinclair Harding1995 - Mike Harding retires and Robert Bray takes over as owner of Sinclair Harding.

Sinclair Harding publicly commissioned clock for the Oval Cricket Ground1996 - Sinclair Harding completed a public commission for the Oval Cricket ground and moved the company to West Yorkshire.

The new Sinclair Harding family team1997 - 1999 Sinclair Harding were busy Recruiting and training a new family team and investing in new plant and equipment.

The first Sinclair Harding John Harrison H1 Sea clock1999 - Sinclair Harding start making a 3/4 size representation of John Harrison's H1 Sea Clock.

Robert Bray full member of AHCI2005 - Robert Bray is accepted as full member of AHCI.

Sinclair Harding using CNC machinery2007 - Acquired adjacent premises which allowed investment in new CNC machinery, HAAS Mini mil.

Sinclair Harding utilise Solidworks 3D CAD software2008 - Baselworld introduction of Condliffe Skeleton clock to range

2008 - Introduction of Joemars CNC wire erosion.

2008 - Introduction of Solidworks 3D CAD Software.

Rosemary Skeleton Clock2009 - Baselworld introduction of Rosemary Skeleton Clock.

British Horological Institute Logo2010 - Robert Bray elected Vice President of the British Horological Institute.

Bob and Caron Bray of Sinclair Harding2010 - Bob Bray is Awarded BHI Barrett Silver Medal for 2010 by B.H.I.


Awards, Education and Members' Day

Students joined with new members and invited guests for the BHI's annual Awards, Education and New Members' Day at the end of October - please see PDF for the full article and more photographs

Phllips House in EmleyIn July 2012 Sinclair Harding became proud owners of Phillips House, the building was originally the workshops, pit head baths, medical centre, lamp room and clocking in/out room for Emley Moor Colliery (hence referred to as the Clock Oyle). All hands on deck as Phillips House is currently undergoing conversion to a huge workshop, polishing oyle, packing oyle, and so on . . . .

 

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Its starting to take shape now, partition walls have been removed and the suspended ceilings have been taken down to give more height into the workshop - we've even begun painting. Air benches are on order for the new polishing area which should make a big impact on reducing our dust.

 

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Fusee chain manufacture at Sinclair HardingOur Fusee chain suppliers, Mavis and David decided to retire at Christmas 2013, with nobody coming forward to carry the business on, we agreed to buy their business and in January 2014 collected the first batch of machinery from David's workshop in Devon and moved it to Huddersfield. Over the following few months David and Mavis shared their knowledge acquired over many years and we have been painstakingly learning this almost lost art. This wonderful addition to Sinclair Harding must make us about the most complete clock making company to be found.

A short history of Habgoods and watch and clock fusee chain manufacture and assembly photographs can be found here:

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