|Object Name:||Time Recording Clock|
|Part No:||Type A or B|
|Manufacturer:||Gledhill-Brook Time Recorders Ltd|
|Year of Manufacture:||1930|
|Location:||Main Object Store|
This Clocking Machine was found in abandoned in an electricity sub-station on the Rochester site. Apparently all the really good ones had been taken to turn into miniature pendulum clocks for home use! The dial is not the original and the clocking mechanism is broken however the clock keeps excellent time and has an 8 day movements,. The clock was almost certainly used when the site was Short Brothers and can be dated to January 1930. The clock was made by Gledhill-Brook and was made in their Empire Works at Huddersfield. This type of clock was by far the most widely used and successful type of time recorder, the same basic design remained in use for nearly a century. Gledhill-Brook have an interesting link in that they had contracts to supply the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force with bomb release mechanisms and other equipment during both world wars. Nowadays the company is subsumed within Johnson Controls who operate the facilities on the Rochester site!
Interestingly Daniel M Cooper is credited for inventing the first card recorder which was called The Rochester in the USA in 1894.