Always Time for History
One of the world’s finest private clock collections is housed at Belmont House and Gardens in Kent, England. The staggering 340 clock and watch piece collection is second only to those in international museums; the 5th Lord Harris who died in 1984 had made the study and collection of horology his life’s work and had a remarkable passion for his pieces. The house is now offering specialist clock tours of this magnificent collection on every last Saturday in the months between April and September 2014. Belmont’s tours are run by Jonathan Betts, the senior specialist in Horology at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The chance to marvel at the unique Harris collection, from the celebrated pieces of the English horological ‘golden age’ of the mid-17th Century through to the 18th Century, or to the quirky ‘novelty’ clocks he also collected, is not one to be missed.
The uniqueness of the history and legacy of Lord Harris’s collection is made more staggering by the personal investment he made into each watch and clock. Harris was the founding president of the Antiquarian Horological Society in 1953, and served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, and he was often seen pulling apart the clocks and dabbling in minor repairs and maintenance. So if you happen to be in the beautiful Kent countryside this summer, pay a visit to Belmont house for this intimate and expertly guided clock tour and take a step back in history to appreciate some of Britain’s most exquisite clocks and watches.