Clock and Watchmakers of Market Rasen 1800-1940s

Trade Directories list the Clock and Watchmakers in Market Rasen 1822-1937. see sub section

Other resources stated that in 1776

Mr John LEVICK and his wife arrived in Market Rasen. He was a Clock and watchmaker from Worksop, Nottinghamshire. (Details from

Over the next 25 years he moved from George Street to the Market Place. His two sons William and George joined him in the trade.

John LEVICK Raisin long clock was recent up for sale in Market Rasen auction house.

1818, the Poll Book records the professions of the 38 men who were allowed to vote. Mr Joseph WATSON, watchmaker. Mr George and William LEVICK were not included, it depended on owning freehold property value of £2.00 or more.

However, George LEVICK is listed in the newspaper of 1818, as a subscriber of the Market Rasen Association for the Prosecution of Felcons.

1822, Pigots & Co trade directory listed

Joseph WATSON: William LEVICK – Clock and watchmaker

George LEVICK- Ironmonger


This clock is circa 1830, a Drop Dial Fusee timepiece, Oak casework, 8 -day Fusee timepiece. The dial marked by C Dexter of Market Rasen. 1834-1838

1854/5 the Corn Exchange in the Market Place was built, and demolished in 1960s, the clock disappeared.

photograph taken after 1914, when it became a cinema

Long case clocks/ grandfather clocks, the cases were made of oak or mahogany

This clock is believed to have been made circa 1826. It is a Lincolnshire Oak and Mahogany Longcase Clock with swan neck pediment. The casemaker’s label is Usher of Lincoln and the painted dial by James Conviller of Market Rasen. 8-day movement striking the hour on a bell. This clock had been restored and on sell at Hemwell for £1775 in 2020.


Lincolnshire oak case made by Ushers of Lincoln.


The clock faces were made by the clockmakers or by job lots, painted ones became fashionable in 1770s..

Same picture by different names


Trade directories list both Clockmakers were in Market Rasen between 1849-1868.

1872 White’s trade directory

Does not include the apprentices or assistants.

Clock and watch marker, aftercare service and maintenance, repairs, and dealership.

Many of the men became interested photography, jewellery, Ironmonger, wheelwright and silversmith.

Mr George LEVICK’s wife Mary took over the Ironmonger business after he died, a hundred years later Mr Will COLBECK’s wife Wilhelmina took over their business, when he died.

Miss E BULTER was the manager of the shop of Mr GIBBONS, after he went bankrupt.

Some of the Clockmakers stayed in Market Rasen for only a few years while other stayed for generations.

CANEY William and his son Watt- 45 years

LEVICK John and his sons William, George and Mary- 50 years

PAGE John and his sons John, George (not Rasen), and grandsons Thomas, John Austin (not Rasen)

More information about the other Clock and Watchmakers

see sub sections

Information and thanks to the following people;

website;,, Market Rasen Memories. Market Rasen Mail, Library Service, RHS members and local residents.