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British Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980

The Rise and Fall of a Technology

  • First general book on synchronous clocks

  • Profusely illustrated with photographs taken by the author

  • Based on 30 years experience of collecting and servicing synchronous clocks

  • The author is an established authority on synchronous clocks, whose website has about 1000 page views per month, mostly to synchronous clock pages


Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Leslie Philip Pook
    Pages 1-11
  3. Main Text

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Leslie Philip Pook
      Pages 15-31
    3. Leslie Philip Pook
      Pages 33-55
    4. Leslie Philip Pook
      Pages 57-69
    5. Leslie Philip Pook
      Pages 71-80
    6. Leslie Philip Pook
      Pages 81-92
  4. Galleries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Leslie Philip Pook
      Pages 95-133
    3. Leslie Philip Pook
      Pages 135-164
    4. Leslie Philip Pook
      Pages 165-178
    5. Leslie Philip Pook
      Pages 179-184
    6. Leslie Philip Pook
      Pages 185-248

About this book


This book complements available one-make books on domestic synchronous clocks. It is also a history of science book that sets British domestic synchronous clocks, their manufacturers and technology in their social context.

Part I covers the historical background, British domestic synchronous clock manufacturers and brands, how synchronous clocks work, domestic synchronous clock cases, practical advice on the servicing of domestic synchronous clocks, and analysis of the marketing and reliability of British domestic synchronous clocks. This analysis provides an explanation of the rise and eventual fall of their technology. Part II contains galleries of a selection of British domestic synchronous clocks, and of the movements with which they are fitted. There is a front and back view of each clock, together with a brief description. Views of each movement include views with the movement partly dismantled, together with a brief technical description of the movement.

This profusely illustrated book is primarily for fellow enthusiasts, and is based on an extensive archive of information on domestic synchronous clocks, their movements, and their manufacturers. Current electrical regulations mean that professional clockmakers are reluctant to repair synchronous clocks. In fact, provided that they have not been mistreated, synchronous clocks are usually reliable, and quite easy to maintain.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.SevenoaksUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title British Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980
  • Book Subtitle The Rise and Fall of a Technology
  • Authors Leslie Philip Pook
  • Series Title History of Mechanism and Machine Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title History Mechanism, Machine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-14387-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35915-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-14388-0
  • Series ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series E-ISSN 1875-3426
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 248
  • Number of Illustrations 64 b/w illustrations, 166 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Machinery and Machine Elements
    Design, general
    Cultural Heritage
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“A very useful book that chronicles and illustrates this particular field of horology. … the book mentions the motors that are used in domestic timers (indeed, a synchronous motor powers the turntable in every microwave oven!). … the main value of the book is in the ‘galleries’ of photographs of the huge variety of clocks … . The many illustrations will be helpful to enthusiasts who can still buy these clocks quite cheaply to build up collections.” (Doug Bateman, Antiquarian Horology, June, 2015)

“This book is a unique and very useful addition to the working library of any clock collector or clock restorer interested in, or working on, British made, electrically driven mechanical clocks made between 1930 and 1980. There simply is no other publication, in or out of print, that covers the subject in the same depth and detail. … Any serious electrical horologist, professional or enthusiast alike, needs this book in their library.” (Fortunat Mueller-Maerki, The Horological Journal, May, 2015)