Updated 14 Nov 2015
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Another longcase clock made by John Cotterill of Wirksworth.
List taken from:
"Clockmakers & Watchmakers of Derbyshire"
by Roy G Hughes & Maxwell Craven
ISBN=0-9523270-6-6 Price £24.99
Cleal, William fl c1830-40
Cotterill, Joshua fl 1815-49
Evans, Robert 1862
Evans, Thomas fl 1853-5
Hill, John 1835
Marshall, R 1836
Nelson, Robert fl 1876-88
Barton, William fl 1749-63
Blackwall, John 1702-3
Kiddy, Joseph fl 1848-60
Adie, Thomas 1876
Barnwell, Henry fl 1884-1916
Bown, James b1787 fl 1829-46
Bown, James fl 1764-72
Bown, John b1763 fl1800
Brown, James 1762
Cobb, Ralph Burton fl 1928-32
Evans, William & Son fl 1895-1928
Hope, Joseph Jackson 1884
Ingemore, John 1775
Matlock, Mark & Co 1876
Mellor, William fl 1853-60
Muir, John Gilchrist fl 1880-1930
Proffit, Edward fl 1922-5
Shenton, Richard fl 1891-1928
Smedley, Lindsey fl 1876-84
Tollday, Dallor 1884
Croft, Wilfred fl 1895-1932
Hockin, Herbert E fl 1903-19
Ogden, Francis 1884
Smedley, Lindsey fl 1876-84
Smedley, Robert 1888
Adams, Robert fl 1780-8
Atkinson, John 1816
Blount, A 1903
Blount, Henry James fl 1884-95
Bowmer, William 1908-1922
Brown, Abraham fl 1860-76
Cotterill, John fl 1805-48
Evans, John 1860
Evans, William fl 1852-95
Hodgkinson, William fl 1798-1804
Holliwell, William II 1770-1835
Larard, Edward fl 1792-5
Millington, Thomas Spencer fl 1895-1928
Shaw, Edward fl 1828-57
Shaw, Hugh fl 1822-3
Simpson, Robert 1791
Smith, Benjamin I fl c1742-74
Wells, Stephen c1775
Wigley, Thomas c1760
Winstanley, John fl 1768-80
John COTTERILL, Wirksworth (1780-1862)
John Cotterill was born in Bakewell in 1780,
and is listed in Trade
Directories for 1821-27-35-46 and
1831 as being established in Coldwell Street,
Wirksworth, as a watch and clockmaker.
In 1807 he married Elizabeth Griffin.
Elizabeth died in 1835 aged 67, but John lived on another 27 years,
dying at Wirksworth in 1862 aged 82. He can be followed in the Census at:
Also see Ince's Pedigrees page 026d.
John was born before photography, so examples of his handiwork
must stand in place of a cabinet card.
An attractive longcase made by John Cotterill of Wirksworth.
Cotterill was working 1805-1848 and this clock was made around 1835-1840.
Standing 88 inches high, the case is mainly of oak, with mahogany panels
to the hood, trunk and cross banding to the base panel and panel below
the trunk door. The trunk to base, and trunk to hood mouldings are of
a complicated design typical of a North West style case. There is
boxwood and ebony stringing to the hood, and also to the panel above
the trunk door. The wavy shaped door top, the infill between the swan
necks, the canted corners on the base and the small ogee bracket feet
are also North West of England features. The painted iron dial measures
13½ inches by 19. The calendar is a dummy, never having any wheelwork
or drive flag to operate the hand. The corner paintings are an unusual
design. The clock strikes the hours crisply on its original bell.
Inside the original nail for holding the winding key is still in place.
An oak and mahogany 8-day longcase clock
See a description of:
Longcase clocks and the origin of the name
The dial with the name and abode of the maker.
The dial, hood, and corner painting.
The clockwork drive behind the face.
The painted arch above the dial.
Is it generic or a real place?
Francis 1713 Hannah
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1720 1722 1724
Silence Francis George
Francis 1749 Grace
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1750 1752 1754 1755 1756 1758 1761
Joshua Ann Dorothy Joshua Francis Dorothy Benjamin
Martha 1775 Joshua 1777 Phebe
Martha John 1807 Elizabeth
1 Joshua and son John were clock and watchmakers
Source:A descendant of John Cotterill
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I have been reading about the Cotterill Grandfather Clocks on the
Wirksworth PC web site. I have a clock made by John Cotterill and thought
you might be interested to hear about it! I was extremely excited to find
the pages on your site with so much information about John Cotterill!
It was bought (I think from new, but not totally sure) by my Great Great
Grandmother's sister and her husband (therefore, I think he was my Great
Great Uncle), known in the family as "Uncle Ashmore". They lived at The
Four Alls pub in Greta Bridge, near Barnard Castle and the clock lived
there for some time. My Great Grandparents married in 1905 and honeymooned
with Uncle Ashmore at The Four Alls where Great Grandma Derby fell in
love with the clock.
Uncle Ashmore and his wife did not have children so on his death it was
passed to Great Grandma Derby and came down the line to her daughter
(my Gran), and then to her daughter (my Mum) and now to me as Mum hasn't
really got room for it in her small house any more!
It is uncannily similar to the one on your web site on the page: http://www.wirksworth.org.uk/X427.HTM (fourth photograph) - the case is
exactly the same. The movement is also the same although mine is somewhat
dirtier than the one in the photograph! Sadly, my Gran decided the clock
face was a bit dirty and took to it with a bottle of Vim, so much of the
paint has been taken off, including the black paint depicting the maker.
You can just still see it though, when you hold it to the light.
I am attaching some photographs of the clock face and the case and do hope
these are of interest. If you have any further information about the
clocks or John Cotterill that you didn't put on the web site I would be
very very interested to receive it.
Kind regards, Anna Bailey
3. Another Cottrell grand
The dial is inscribed "Cottrell, Wirksworth"
with a stately home painted in the arch. Probably John Cottrell
(1780-1862) of Coldwell Street.
4. A Cotterill from Holland
Compliments for your websites! On wirksworth.org.uk I found the maker of
our antique clock: John Cotterill. We have a John Cotteril Grandfather
Clock in a very good condition. See the attached pictures. We live in the
Netherlands in the north, in the province of Groningen. The clock was
bought at an auction in 1964 in Middelburg, in the province of Zeeland,
the place where I grew up.
My mother loved to attend auctions and I liked to join her. She had the
clock in her home until 2007, when she had to move to a single
room-appartment in an elderly resort. The clock and the case needed to be
repaired. I found a "clock-doctor" an expert in ancient clocks. He totally
renovated the clock and had the case fixed up by a cabinetmaker. So now it
proudly stands in the hall of our house in Veendam, Groningen.
How our clock found its way from the UK to the Netherlands is not known.
Probably it was imported by an antique dealer who took in furniture in
When I googled "john cotterill wirksworth" the first hit was your site.
I was excited to find out about John Cotterill and to see that there are
some other owners of his work. If you ever find more details of John
Cotterill and/or his clocks please let me now.
With Kind Regards,
Pim de Bruijne , Veendam, The Netherlands
"Here for sale is a nice pagoda topped longcase grandfather clock fitted
with an original dial & movement by John Cotterill of Wirksworth who was
working between 1770-1835, a respected & talented clockmaker.
This example was made about 1816, it is in good working order striking
the hours on a bell, it is a chain wind with a cast iron weight & pendulum.
The case is made of mahogany & is a later contruction but made to a high
standard it has a pagoda top with a blind frieze to the top see photo,
also a shell motif to the long trunk door, the hood & trunk door have
working locks & keys, the case is all in good condition, no woodworm, the
clock stands at 8 ft tall please note it is 96" inches tall!! & is
slim in proportion, the dial is a 12" arch."
6. A Cotterill from Walsall via Derby
427w Note old spelling of town.
427z Shepherd and angler opposite a mill
Thanks you for your reply. I have attached some photo's of the grandfather
clock. I have not found a date so far, but will have a look in more detail
next time it gets a dusting inside (probably over the next weekend or so).
History-wise: as I previously said it has been in the family since around
1850 on my mother's side; Matthews, nee Barton living in Derby. From what
I can remember, my mother said it was from her mother's side of the family
too. I will need to dig out my maternal grandmother's maiden name if you
want to know more.
This is a little sketchy I'm afraid, but the clock has spent all but the
last 7 years in Derby. We live in Walsall, so it has not gone too far.
Would you also like some photo's of the mechanism? If so, I can do that
this weekend: it will also give me the chance to see if there are any
dates anywhere. There may not be though as it has just has a major clean
and refurbish (£400) and the repairer asked if I knew how old it was, so
I would have thought if there was a date, he would have seen it during
7. A Cotterill from Vancouver via Derby
Photos of this clock expected
I was just looking at your website on John Cotterill. We have a
John Cotterill grandfather clock, which has been in our family since
it was made - passed down to the eldest son. It started in
Heanor I think, then moved to Middlesex, then Cheltenham with my
grandfather and is now in Wolverhampton with my mother. My father
passed away a couple of years ago so we plan to move it
to our house in Vancouver. The face has a picture of a windmill,
a canal boat and something else (I forget). My grandfather used
to say that those were the equivalent of Concorde and an Apollo
rocket in their day!
Nick Hawley, email@example.com,
North Vancouver, BC,
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