Celebrating 160 Years of Clock making Excellence
1844 was just 7 years into the reign of Queen Victoria and only one year after the launch of Brunel’s SS Great Britain! These events seem to put Gillett’s place on the map of history and well worth celebrating. From this premise it was a short step to holding a Thanksgiving Service in Croydon Parish Church with the ringing of the Gillett & Johnston bells there.
Gillett & Johnston 160th Anniversary Celebrations
The Thanksgiving Service was conducted by the Reverend Canon Colin Boswell and commenced with the choir singing ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’. Prayers of thanks were made for the Owners and Staff, both past and present and finished with the ringing of the Gillett & Johnston Bells.
Among those present were members of the present day Johnston family, Lady Rosemary Price and her nieces, Arabella and Sacha.
After the service over 50 guests took the opportunity to visit the Gillett & Johnston Clock and Bell room at the Croydon Parish Church.
Speeches were made by Gillett & Johnston directors Stephen and Jenny Coombes and the Mayor – who congratulated the company on 160 years of craftsmanship. The formalities finished with a speech from Mr. Philip Willoughby, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.