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Joan Leach is a local historian, a volunteer at the Heritage Centre, a founder of The Gaskell Society, and much more besides.

Dear Joan, I just purchased a long case clock that was made by Thomas Gaskell. Can you please tell me about him? How ws he related to Elizabeth Gaskell? On the face of my clock it says Knutsford and I am researching to find out as much about my clock as I can. Any help would be very much appreciated. Regards, Martin Riffe Atlanta, GA.

Joan answers:

Thomas Gaskell clockmaker was no relation to Elizabeth Gaskell, the author.

Reference books on clock makers give the dates of about 1760-1790 for Thomas Gaskell of Knutsford but there are later clocks with his name on the dial: I know of one in the town dated 1817. It seems that father and son or sons of the same name worked until about 1845.

In the graveyard of the parish church three Thomas Gaskells were buried in 1780, 1827 and 1845. Their stones can be seen on the Church hill side of the lower church yard.

Joan Leach
28.6.01