Maule Clocks

The End?

You may ask: 'What happened to the Maule family business of watch and clockmaking?' Cheaper imports and the Wars, in which two of James' sons were killed (my Uncle Sid, WW1 on 3 April 1916 and my Uncle Stan, WW2-Corporal Stanley Maule, Royal Engineers & No.4 Commando, on 6 June 1944) ensured no further apprenticeships within this Maule Clan. Also my Dad Harry had been away from home for almost 11 years, serving with the 'Regular Army in Alex' (Egypt), China & India up until a few years before the outbreak of the Second World War! But hold on.. I'm here. Okay, so I can't repair a watch or make a clock - that's the missing link. Still, I'm doing the next best thing - talking and writing about it.
Only time itself will reveal where that may lead.
UPDATE:-*(2008):Nancie Forster moved to the Old Vicarage Care Home in Wooler and died aged 86 on 20th January. Amazingly she never lost her enthusiastic interest in clockmaking. *(2011): Told a friend I was off to Wooler - 'they' wanted to come along "to purchase a tea caddy". Hamish Dunn was about to close so I shouted from the car to "keep the shop open". While I was away on an errand my "Friend" saw (& purchased) a rare Andrew Maule clock. I'm livid. You can't be me. No imitations, please.
NEW ADDITION:-*(2013): A 'new' and unexpected item to add to the Maule collection is a banjo-style 4-compartment barometer - a 5th section bears the silver engraved name-plate of I.Maule, Wooler. The story, covered by local and inter-national press, included before & after-restoration photos.
READ MY ARTICLE:- 'The Man Who Put it in Writing' (The Journal, Newcastle 17th April 2017). Look out for: Bees aren't just for Christmas! also: Slanderous Gossip Destroys Lives.

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