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The Lancashire Watch Company Ltd

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In 1882 T.P. Hewitt purchased the movement making business of John Wycherley in Prescot, Lancashire. To form John Wycherley,  Hewitt and Company and so start one of the most significant watch producing businesses in England. (See section on Wycherley) In  1887 Hewitt proposed a company, the British Watch Company, be set up to machine-make movements having seen the success of  both Rotherham and Ehrhardt using these methods with Hewitt visiting America to study the methods used there. He even lined up  an ex-employee of the Trenton Watch Company in America, Mr Byam, to manage the new company but nothing materialised. A year  later the Lancashire Watch Company Ltd (L.W. Co. Ltd) was registered at the Stock Exchange with a capital of £50,000, with their  factory opened in 1890 by Lord Derby. Although in reality 30,000 plus movements had been made in the factory, in January 1893 a  ceremony  was held to celebrate the factory ‘completion’ with the first watch made presented to Lord Derby.  The success of the Lancashire Watch Company was evident when a reconstructed company was formed in 1897 with authorised  capital of £200,000, although by 1906 the accounts showed a different story and ‘A’ debenture share holders took over the running of  the business. Two years later receivers were appointed on behalf of the ‘B’ debenture share holders and by 1911 the situation  reached crisis point and a nine-day auction of tools, stock etc ensued after one of their main competitors, either Rotherham,  Williamson or Ehrhardt, declined to take over the running of the business. And so it was that in 1914 the company was struck off the  Stock Exchange register. 1 Richd Hague, Liverpool, No 7000: the fusee movement with a gold three-bar balance, Swiss lever escapement with engraved  balance cock and traditional Bosley regulation with Lancashire arrow-head markings to the index, the dust cap stamped S.W.  2 S. Leighton, 2 Newmarket, Lancaster, 13506: the fusee movement with a gold three-bar balance, a Swiss lever escapement  with engraved balance cock and traditional Bosley regulation with Lancashire arrow-head markings to the index.  A John Leighton is recorded working in 1838 when he cleaned the Lancaster church clock.  3 D. Lloyd, Broad St, Welshpool, 8747: the fusee movement with a gold three-bar balance, a Swiss lever escapement with  engraved balance cock and traditional Bosley regulation regulation with Lancashire arrow-head markings to the index and jewelled  to the top plate. 4 J.E. Haydock, Manchester, No 4336: the fusee movement with a steel three-bar balance, a Swiss lever escapement with  balance cock engraved Patent and traditional Bosley regulation with Lancashire arrow-head markings to the index.  5 Kay & Company, Worcester, 4687: the going-barrel movement with a dummy fusee, engraved balance cock and split-  bimetallic compensating balance with a traditional Bosley regulation, the frame stamped LW Co Ltd, and with a signed dial.  6 H. Samuel, Market St, Manchester, 198894: the going-barrel movement with a dummy fusee, engraved balance cock and  split-bimetallic compensating balance, the modified Bosley regulation with silvered index, with the H. Samuel registered trademark  stamped to the top plate. 7 J. Sewill, 61 South Castle St, Liverpool, 28994: the fusee movement with an engraved balance cock and split-bimetallic  balance, the flat traditional Bosley regulation with small Lancashire arrowhead markings to the index, the dial signed around the  seconds dial Prize Medals International Exhibitions, London 1862, Paris 1867.  James Sewill, a famed chronometer maker working 1848 until at least 1857.  8 J.B. Dent & Sons, London, 33237: : the going-barrel movement with a dummy fusee, engraved balance cock and split-  bimetallic balance, the modified Bosley regulation with silvered index, the frame stamped LW & Co Ltd.  9 Anon. 56642: the fusee movement with an engraved balance cock, a gold three-bar balance and traditional Bosley regulation  with Lancashire arrowheads index markings and dust rim, the gold dial with raised numerals.  Two Movements with Reversing Pinion engraved to the backplate  10  Langdon, Davies & Co, Birmingham, No 795114: Reversing Pinion, the going-barrel movement with an engraved balance  cock a modified Bosley regulation and split-bimetallic compensating balance.  Langdon, Davies & Co are recorded working circa 1889.  11 Anon, No. 794101: Reversing Pinion, the going-barrel movement with a Swiss escapement with a split-bimetallic balance, the  frame stamped LW & Co Ltd. Scroll down for further Images Image from the Cutmore book Watches showing examples from this section
7  Sewill dial
4  Haydock, Manchester
5  Kay, Worcester
1  Hague, Liverpool
2  Lancaster dial
2  Leighton, Lancaster
3  Lloyd, Welshpool
7  Sewill, Liverpool
6  H. Samuel, Manchester
8  J.B. Dent & Sons, London
9  Anon, 56642
10  Langdon, Davies
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