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Edward Clement (d 1720)

Biography of Exeter clockmaker Edward Clement (d 1720)

Edward Clement (d 1720) was a well-known Exeter clockmaker, having been apprenticed in London to Thomas Claxton in August 1662 before being 'turned over' to Thomas Prime, one of the major makers of the period.

Free of the Clockmakers Company in 1671, Clement was known to have returned to Exeter sometime after.

In 1684, Clement was paid by the churchwarden of St John's Church in Exeter the sum of £3 for 'worke about the clock'. It is known that Clement then undertook more substantial work on this clock in 1690, making parts for it including a new fly and spring for the hammer and a new hand 'makeing the clocke from 24 howers to twelve'.

Edward Clement died in August 1720 and was buried in the churchyard of St Lawrence's Church, where he had been a churchwarden in 1692 and where three of his children had previously been baptised: Charles Clement in 1684, Joane Clement in 1691 and Jane Clement in 1694; with a further two buried there: James Clement in 1688 and Suesana Clement in 1693.

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