- Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Clockmakers were formed by a Royal Charter in 1631. Originally, no person was allowed to sell clocks unless they were a member of the Company. However, such requirements have since been relaxed and later removed. The Company now exists as a charitable institution, as do a majority of Livery Companies.
The Clockmakers' Company ranks sixty-first in the order of precedence for Livery Companies. Its motto is Tempus Rerum Imperator, Latin for Time is the commander of (all) things.
Those who have been Master of the Company include the following:
- 1636 Elias Allen
- 1703 Thomas Tompion
- 1708 Daniel Quare
- 1817 John Roger Arnold
- 1821, 1823, 1825, 1827, 1847 Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy
- 1855, 1862 Charles Frodsham
- 1902, 1914 William Henry Mahoney Christie
- 1922, 1931 Sir Frank Watson Dyson
- 1946 Lord Iliffe of Yattendon
- 1949, 1954 Sir Harold Spencer Jones
- 1959 Viscount Falmouth
- 1960 Lord Harris
- 1969 Sir Richard van der Riet Woolley
- 1974 Sir Frank Chalton Francis
- 1976 Sir Hugh Wontner
- 1980 George Daniels
- 1986 Viscount Falmouth
- 1989 Lord Murton of Lindisfarne
- 2000 Alexander Boksenberg
The company's motto, "Tempus Rerum Imperator" has been adopted by the Google Web Accelerator project. It is shown in the "About Google Web Accelerator" page.
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