Stamford-based watchmakers to host second series of costumed tours and talks


Stamford watchmakers Loomes is set to host a second series of tours and talks this December.

The event, which will take place on December 12, will focus on the Victorian age, with two free talks on Victorian clock and watchmaking.

Staff will be dressed appropriately in period costumes (from apprentices to master clock and watchmakers) as befitted a prominent business in Stamford.


Each workshop reveals another aspect of the trade including clockmaking, watchmaking, antique restoration and repair, clock and watch dials, enammeling and gilding, and furniture restoration.

Robert Loomes served a traditional apprenticeship with his father in Yorkshire, before moving to Stamford in 1993.

The independent shop is renowned for its handmade wristwatches and repairs or restoration work.

Director Robina Hill said: “We ran costumed tours and talks last month for the Georgian Stamford weekend and people loved the concept.

“We will be thrilled to introduce you to their individual workshops and to demonstrate their very rare skills. Watchmaking is currently on the Heritage At Risk register”

Loomes says the craft of clock and watchmaking has changed little since the Victorian age, with The British Horological Institute, founded in 1858, still teaching the same essential skills.

The talk will explain the period in the context of Stamford’s town history and the consequences of the change in horology from a hand craft to a world of manufacturing.


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