Original History of the Name Elliott of London
When looking back in the history of our company name, we realised like us James Elliott in early 1900s was handmaking and creating a product. We are not sure if he is some what related to Charles our company owner or if this was just a convenient name to use.
We have quoted this information from Antique Clock Guy and do not own any of the below information. We thought our customers may want to know the history of the cloack makers in early 1900s who shared our company name. We are very pleased to share this with you, as we were impressed to come across such interesting read on the history of elliott of london clocks. We ourselves product elliott of london designer products including furniture, lighting and ironwork to order or to our product range on our elliott of london shop.
The name of Elliott has been synonymous with quality clocks for well over over 100 years. In 1865 James Jones Elliott of 156 Cheapside in the City of London, was apprenticed to "Bateman" of 82 St John Street, Smithfield, London., to learn the art of clock making.
It was not obvious at the time, but this was to be the origin of a company that would achieve a worldwide reputation as a manufacturer of the fine quality Elliott of London clock.
Initially, JJ Elliott specialized in producing pinions and balance shafts. He progressed to making, and patenting, a weight-driven movement which had chimes on tubes. This original Elliott clock was very successful and resulted in considerable trade with America.
James Elliott's son, Frank Westcombe Elliott, was originally entering the retail trade as, when he was 17 years old, his father bought a partnership with a jeweller called Walden of Brompton Road, London. On the 16th April 1904, JJ Elliott died and Frank succeeded him to run the clockmaking business. In 1909 the clockmakers company of JJ Elliott amalgamated with Grimshaw Baxter, and the factory moved to Grays Inn Lane, London, in 1911, followed by a further move, in 1917, to larger premises in St Anns Road, Tottenham, London.
In 1921 the partnership with Grimshaw Baxter was dissolved and Frank Elliott joined a well known firm of Bell Founders and Clockmakers, Gillett and Johnson Ltd, in Croydon. In 1923, two years later, he took over their clock factory and formed the famous company of F.W. Elliott Ltd. He was joined by his two sons, Leonard and Horace Elliott, who had served their apprenticeships in the trade. The third son, Ronald, joined the company in 1929.
Elliott's started to produce clocks for the armed forces when war was declared in 1939, together with test gear and apparatus for the Rolls Royce engines used in the RAF planes. The factory was hit by incendiary bombs in 1943 on two occasions but production was not seriously affected.
In 1944, Frank Elliott died at the age of 69 and Horace Elliott assumed the role of Managing Director, whilst Horace controlled sales from a showroom in Hatton Garden. In 1952, Horace Elliott was elected Chairman of the British Horological Institute in the same year as Tony, one of Horace's sons, joined the company after training in cabinet making. He was appointed manager of the cabinet shop in 1967.
Ronald Elliott died suddenly in 1966, at the age of 54, his son Peter had joined the company in January of the same year, having been trained as an engineer at Vickers Instruments Ltd. Peter Elliott was appointed as a Director in 1969.
Fast forward to 2016... Elliott of London now owned by Charles Elliott create handmade and luxury furniture and sculpture for a london based and home counties clientele.
About Our Services
Designer Charles Elliott and his team offer a variety of products and services to cater to any size project.
Furniture - Sculpture - Lighting - Interior & Exterior Ironwork - Wrought Iron
Working with Interior Designers, Architects, Garden Designers, Retailers & Private Clients, we are able to create work to order to suit a variety of projects across London and the Home Counties.
Bespoke Furniture and Ironwork Services - Although, we stock our own range of products
we also offer a variety of bespoke made to measure products.
About Elliott of London Products
All Elliott of London products are made by hand in our Buckinghamshire Studio. Elliott's originally designed and handcrafted products for a London Based clientele, having recently expanded their products and services to a wider audience cross the home counties and UK.
"When producing our products we focus on the true quality of finish, and our attention to detail is key
in all our products and services." Designer, Charles Elliott
We produce a wide range of shapes, sizes and finishes, we are able to tailor our designs and products to your personal precise specifications. We also accept completely bespoke, one-off commissions and are always delighted to discuss your requirements with our clients.
All our staff are committed to offer you a luxurious product with a personal service, to cater for every detail of your products. You can visit our showroom or arrange onsite meeting to discuss any future projects.
Call us on 01494758896 to arrange an appointment.