HENLEY CLOCKS are now being made again in England after a break of 20 years by the English Carriage Clock Company based in Bridport, Dorset. The proud owner of the famous HENLEY name and all the original drawings, press tools and dies is Richard Batten. Richard is a jeweller and well-known clock repairer and restorer who works from his shop ‘Battens Jewellers’ in Bridport, Dorset. Richard started as an apprentice to his father in 1968 and has carried on the family tradition of clock making and restoration ever since.
He opened his first shop in Bridport in 1974 and has built a business specialising in antique and modern jewellery, silver, watches and clocks as a traditional market town jewellers. His daughters, Gemma and Laura, now help run the business whilst Richard continues to carry on the clockmaking he so loves.
Over the years Richard’s skills for clock repair and restoration have become well recognised. In 2007 Richard was commissioned to restore an extremely complicated and valuable c1760 Henry Hindley year duration perpetual calendar clock with temperature compensation.
Roger Field, the founder and producer of the famous HENLEY Carriage Clock range, and Richard have been good friends for many years! In fact, Richard sold his first HENLEY carriage clock in 1974 from his shop in Bridport. The owner brought it in for its first service at the beginning of 2011 and it is still working perfectly. Not bad after some 40 years… Richard does not expect to see it back in his workshop for another 40 years!!
Rather than see the famous HENLEY Carriage Clock, the only carriage clock made in England, disappear completely after Roger’s retirement, Richard saw it as only natural for him to re-establish his friend’s business. All the original tooling, press tools, gear cutting engines and many components were shipped from Roger’s home in HENLEY to their new home in Bridport, Dorset.
The English Carriage Clock Company was set up by Richard Batten in Bridport at the beginning of 2011 to produce these fine handcrafted time pieces.