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Horology and scientific instruments

Records of makers involved in the scientific instrument and horology trades

This database is compiled from census records from 1841 - 1891, parish registers, court and probate records, apprentice records and street and trade directories. It details the records of firms and individual makers and their families who worked in the Merseyside area with links to other parts of the British Isles.

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Street directories

A record of the names and addresses, together with appropriate dates of scientific instrument makers, watch and clock makers. It was not until 1838 that house numbers in Liverpool were stabilised. Before this date apparent shifts in address do not necessarily mean an actual change. These records were taken from street directories, census returns, parish registers and other sources.


We would like to especially thank our volunteer Dennis Moore who has spent 20 years preparing the original handwritten part of this database of over 22,000 people. Dennis is the author of British Clockmakers and Watchmakers Apprentice records 1710-1810 and has been of enormous assistance in researching genealogical records from numerous sources around the country at both a local and national level.