Ian Stockley  updated  18-6-2019

Act Of Parliament Clock


In 1797 William Pitt imposed a tax of five shillings a year on every clock in use, even in private houses, two shillings and sixpence on pocket-watches of silver or other metal, and ten shillings on those of gold.

This tax was resented by most, so clocks and watches ceased to be bought. Unemployment beset the industry, so within a year the tax was removed. In the meantime many innkeepers installed

large clocks of the type shown here:

Four feet seven inches tall and two feet four inches across the dial.

Only 214 years old!

A joy to repair.