About Riversdale Clocks

Riversdale Clocks was started by Barry Share in Newport in the East Riding of Yorkshire in 1985 as an antique clock repair and restoration business, specialising in making and restoring longcase clocks and went into semi-retirement in 2012.

At the time Riversdale was probably one of the last remaining professional full-time clock case makers in East Yorkshire making bespoke longcase clocks, encasing new and old movements.

Over the years Barry and his sons Matthew and Adrian furthered their skills by studying and qualifying at Manchester Sale Collage on the clock and watch repair course (BHI), also qualifying for City and Guilds in furniture making, restoring and wood machining at Bridlington Collage East Yorkshire. hence building up a reputation of high quality and honesty thus creating total satisfaction and respect from all of Riversdale’s customers and fellow craftsmen in the industry.

Although no longer taking on any more clock making or repair and restoration after Barry’s retirement, we decided here at Riversdale Clocks to keep the site open for educational purpose, learning and research, as we really acknowledge the fact that there is a need and an ever growing demand for historical horological repair and restoration information.

So what is Riversdale Clocks about?

Riversdale is an accumulating collection of horological information in the form of Digitally Scanned Horological History Book, out of print old watch and clock books, magazines and publications downloadable watch repair books with clock making plans and training courses.

Added to this is the abundance of accumulated horological knowledge acquired from many years in the trade in the form of informative articles, a monthly newsletter on clock and watch repair with product reviews and tips and tricks, giving access to invaluable new and old knowledge and techniques used in the watch and clock making trade

We are constantly adding to our Comprehensive List of English & European Clock Makers to aid horological historians and researchers scan through 1000’s of clock & watchmakers saving hours of surfing.

We endeavour to constantly meet the demands of the ever increasing clock/watch repair enthusiasts, horological hobbyists, and antique clock and watch restorers, and not forgetting the historians and researchers.


Some of the numerous parts, frets, turnings and mouldings made in the process of restoring and repairing antique clock cases at Riversdale

hood mouldings





From the very start-up of Riversdale Clocks Barry and his team of qualified craftsmen worked on hundreds of clock cases, from early eighteenth-century oak cases with square brass dials, too late-nineteenth-century mahogany cases with painted break arch dials.








Through the many years, they have repaired bases that have been damaged and full of rot, doors that have become twisted and cupped, and hoods that have been cut down to accommodate low ceilings…

They have replaced veneers and stringing damaged and lost over many years of neglect, as well as correctly restoring cases that have been badly repaired or butchered by the not so reputable dealers and inexperienced restorers.

All through this period, Barry has acquired a wealth of knowledge on case construction and their makers, which has enabled him to offer tips and advice on these unique skills of making a clock case to other enthusiasts and restorers in the form of articles, books and courses.

Some of the cases made to house restored antique movements & dials.


granddaughter clock