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Queen Street - 'Eastern Treasures' shop and John Smith's clock works.

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:Queen Street
:Queen Street - 'Eastern Treasures' shop and John Smith's clock works.
:c 1987
:Derby Evening Telegraph
:Derby Evening Telegraph
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On the left is the clock which remains of John Smith's clock works. The origins of the John Smith & Sons clock making company has its roots in the older company of John Whitehurst (1713-1788). The association with Derby began in 1736 at 22 Irongate. The first John Smith was apprenticed to the 3rd generation Whitehurst. He left in 1856 to start his own company at 27 Queen Street Derby in premises rented, (later bought) from the Whitehurst family (27 Queen Street, had been the home of John Flamstead Astronomer Royal from 1660 to 1675.) Through the years John Smith & Sons flourished and expanded through the acquisition of William Potts & Sons, Leeds Clockmakers in 1933, J B Joyce of Whitchurch in 1965 and G & F Cope in 1984. A year later they also acquired B & H (Derby) Ltd, well known metal fabricators to form the Smith of Derby Group, and the company relocated to Alfreton Road. Over the last 25 years alone they have cleaned, repaired or overhauled in excess of 8,000 mechanical clocks. They have restored over 6000 clock dials and on an annual basis attend in excess of 4500 public and church clocks. Over the years the company has provided clocks for cathedrals, churches, municipal buildings, opera houses, airports, hotels, shopping centres, sports clubs and private estates. During this time they have grown to become the largest group of feature clockmakers in Europe. Also showing 'Eastern Treasures', supplier of oriental furniture, which is no longer at this location.