James W. Benson of Ludgate Hill - Turret Clock Makers

Authors: Mike Bundock and Chris McKay


J.W. Benson was a successful company that could supply any timepiece from a ladies fob watch to a large turret clock. In addition to clocks and watches, they sold all types of jewellery, silverware and fancy goods.

Regarding turret clocks, Benson developed a successful design that they used almost universally without changes. One exception to this was their Great Exhibition Clock of 1862 that was eventually installed in Canada. Over a period of some 50 years Benson supplied at least 300 turret clocks. Many of these clocks in churches are still giving good service today.