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     ewfield Hall is a former country house located one mile to the southeast of the village of Airton, North Yorkshire. It was designed by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley for William Nicholson Alcock at a cost of £36,000 (equivalent to £3,703,073.43 in 2019). Construction of the house started by at least 1855, and it was opened in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  nterestingly W. H. Bailey published many editions of their catalogue and they can be found widely advertised in technical

journals and books of the time. This version of the catalogue is likely to be about 1880.

 

Angels, Cherub or Devils head in dial centre

   he clock is an Eight-day two-train flat bed turret clock, with dead beat escapement and one second pendulum. It was made in 1895 by W.H. Bailey of Manchester.

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      illiam Henry Bailey was born at Salford on 10th May 1838 and attended the Manchester Grammar School until he was 14 years of age. On leaving school he went to work for his father at the Albion Works, Salford.  

 

In 1865 William Bailey took over the company on his father’s retirement.

The company changed name in 1876 to W. H. Bailey & Co. He entered the Salford Town Council in 1874 and was elected an alderman in 1880. The company name changed in 1889 to W. H. Bailey & Co Ltd. William then became Mayor of the borough in 1993 and was knighted by Queen Victoria on the royal yacht in 1894 - on the occasion of Her Majesty opening the Manchester Ship Canal. William died in 1913 when the company name changed again, this time it was Sir W. H. Bailey & Co Ltd. The company became a subsidiary of Yorkshire Metals in 1966 and subsequently went through further name changes until in 1978 it became IMI Bailey Valves Ltd

 

 

   ir William H. Bailey was knighted by Queen Victoria on the royal yacht in 1894 - on the occasion of Her Majesty opening the Manchester Ship Canal.

 

Bailey’s Illustrated and Useful Inventions c1880

 

 

    howing an advert from another slightly later version of the catalogue and dating from around the early 1890s. Note the advert is for the Hampton Court Stables clock and very similar to the Newfield Hall example illustrated here.

 

Bailey’s Illustrated and Useful Inventions c1890s

 

 

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   howing a rare Victorian photograph of William Illingworth (centre) pictured outside the house, possibly with his tenants. It was William Illingworth who purchased the clock from Bailey in 1895.

 

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    ewfield Hall was sold again in 1901 to John William Morkill who became High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1929–30 and a Deputy Lieutenant, and who wrote the standard local history of Malhamdale.

 

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      uring the 1930s the estate was broken up, the house being leased

 

to the Holiday Fellowship, and the rest of the estate was sold to All

Souls Collage, Oxford. In 1991 the Fellowship became short of bedroom space and required the area into which the clock weights descended. Therefore having served Newfield Hall for almost 100 years, the clock was removed and replaced with a modern quartz

 

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   howing the court yard in recent times with the original clock having been replaced with a modern quartz - with new bedroom underneath.

 

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Mr John William Morkill, the owner of Newfield Hall from 1901 was High Sherrff of Yorkshire in 1929-1930

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      hen the owners of Newfield Hall (the Holiday Fellowship) in 1991 needed to replace the (now very dirty and not working) stables clock with a modern Quartz clock so that they could use the area below into which the clock weights descended - as a bedroom -  they contacted the Turret Group Section of the Antquarian Horology Society (AHS). It was Mike Bundock a highly experienced AHS member (and future Turret Group Chairman) who purchased the Stables Clock for his own private collection along with all of its accessories. Mike then in his spare time spent many hours lovenly and professionally restoring the clock, bringing it back to its former glory and good working order. The clock is almost entirely original throughout, retaining its original dial, one second pendulum, bronze bell, weights wheelwork, pinions, dead beat escapement, bevel gear linkage and winding handle. W.H. Bailey were well known for using wooden hands on their dials. The original wooden hands on this clock were rotten so Mike had a replacement pair made. Mike gave the job of making the hands to fellow AHS member and life long friend the late John Moon. John was a highly liked and enthusiastic AHS member. He was an expert carpenter and cabinet maker. John made the hands out of solid mahogany, copying the original Bailey design!

 

         

      hen I purchased the clock in about 1996 its original  W.H. Bailey Bell was missing and Mike Bundock informed me that the original bell was believed to be somewhere in the vicinity of Newfield Hall. I therefore decided to put out an S.O.S advert out in the local newspaper in the slim hope of finding the bell. Amazingly a former gardener of Newfield Hall contacted me and told me that she had the original  Bailey Bell and I was finally able to reunite the clock with its original bell. The bell was in a very dirty condition, so I had it professionally cleaned to match the rest of the clock since it was going to be housed inside my home and not outside.

 

         

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 he house and its estate were sold in 1890 to William Illingworth,

 

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  howing the stables court yard in c1990 with the original clock (the same clock shown in this article) still housed in the turret building - just before it ws removed.

 

 

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   howing a rare Victorian turret clock by W.H. Bailey of  Salford, Manchester. This is a particularly interesting clock in that it is not only a very original and complete example throughout, but it also has a wonderfully historical and known provenance attached to it.  

 

 

howing a close-up of the W.H.Bailey brass and iron wheelwork.

 

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  he Victorian turret clock illustrated here was made in 1895 by W. H. Bailey of Salford, Manchester - for Newfield Hall, a country house situated in Airton, North Yorkshire, the one time home of the High Sheriff of Yorkshire, Mr John William Morkill. The clock was originally installed by Bailey in the Halls turret building located in the stables court yard until it was removed almost 100 years later.

 

Today, this interesting stables clock survives exceptionally complete and is almost totally original throughout. The clock, it’s fascinating story and wonderfully historical provenance is fully told and illustrated below.

 

 

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n S.O.S advert to try and find the original W.H. Bailey bell.

 

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W. H Bailey were makers of  turret clocks, watches, patent steam pressure recorder, fusible plugs, steam pressure gauges, test pumps, steam pumps, ram pumps, regulating valves, pyrometers, barometers, fire engines, tide recorders, gas jet motors, lubricators & turnstiles,  lifts, hoists, injectors, and boiler fittings.

 

 

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howing the W.H. Bailey factory in Salford, Manchester.

 

 

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