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James Harrison

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James Harrison, brother of John Harrison. (1704 - 1766)
James Harrison was born in 1704 at Barrow on Humber, Lincolnshire.
He was christened on the 25 August, 1704, in Barrow on Humber.
James worked at their father’s trade from a workshop behind the Royal Oak public house yard.
From 1725 to 1727 James teamed up with his brother John and built two longcase clocks. Two fancy gadgets call GRIDIRON and GRASSHOPPER enabled these clocks to keep nearly perfect time.
1732 - Made the sundial which can be seen by appointment in Holy Trinity Church, Barrow.
1733 - Made bell frame for York Minster
1739 - Left London
Returned to Barrow and went on to construct bell frames for All Saints Church at Wakefield, Great Coates in Lincolnshire and Pocklington and Richmond in Yorkshire.
1759 - Made box pews and pulpit for St. Lawrence Church Aylesby, Lincolnshire
Began casting bells, with his son Henry, at a foundry in Barrow. This business was then passed on through the family from father to son until 1789.
1766 Died and was buried in Barrow-on-Humber.

James Harrison, grandson of John Harrison.
Between 1834 and 1858 he was a turret clockmaker.
At Hessle Road in 1834, Cogan Street 1838-40 and 85 Porter Street 1846, then 146 Porter Street 1851-58.
He made secondary movement, for the Holy Trinity Church, Hull bearing the plaque "This secondary movement invented and manufactured by James Harrison together with three extra dials were added to this clock AD 1840".
Made clock for Christ Church, Hull and Filey Church which won prize from Society of Arts for new escapement. Also working at Barton-on-Humber.
A James Harrison, bell-founder, was married on the 2nd June, 1791 to Jane Marshall at Drypool Parish Church; witnessed by Joseph Rhodes (q.v.).
See also the carved plaque bearing name of James Harrison, Barrow-on-Humber, bellhanger in the priest's room at St Mary's Church, Beverley.

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John Cherry

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