Button family of Wakefield

This maker is not listed in our reference materials. If you have any information on him/them then please let us know

A longcase clock with the name A. Button, Wakefield on it is known. From its features, it is probably late 18th c.

None of our books list a clockmaker with the intial A. anywhere. In Wakefield there were John, and later John and Son, and Thomas and later Thomas and Son. An Alfred Button was born in the early 1900,s but until later census returns are released we will not know what profession he followed.

Thomas Button was recorded at Kirkgate, Wakefield from about 1814, when a painted dial longcase clock is known, until around 1822, and later as “Thomas & Son” in 1837.

In 1834 the local trade directory entry reads;- watch and clock maker - Button John and Son, Kirkgate.




Known Trade Directory listings from trade directories that we have currently catalogued

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Known Published Photos or articles

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Sources (see Links page for details of places to obtain copies of the sources listed below)

Brian Loomes, Watchmakers & Clockmakers Of The World Complete 21st Century Edition, Pub NAG ISBN-13:978-0-7198-0330-7
Brian Loomes, Yorkshire Clockmakers, Pub George Kelsall Publishing, The Bookshop, 22 Church Street, Littleborough, Lancs, 1985 ISBN 0 946571 04 X
Joseph Mckenna, Clockmakers and Watchmakers of Central England, Pub Mayfield Books, 2002 ISBN 0 9523270 9 0


photos by Alan Gibbons

(photo ref:2006)

Photos by

Prof Ed Peile

(photo ref:1908)

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