UPDATE: Gledhill Brook Time Recorder Restoration. Punch the Clock!

gledhill brook time recorderThe cabinet and movement of this Gledhill Brook Time Recorder are now finished and the movement is back in place.

Next Steps

The next step is to dismantle the Time Recorder mechanism, clean and reassemble. This part is by far the brunt of the work because there is so much rust and oxidation.

Dismantling and reassembling these punch mechanisms can be challenging as I have never found any literature or assembly diagrams. I rely solely on digital photos to document the assembly before I take anything apart. There are so many parts that it would be almost impossible to reassemble without a reference.

I purchased this clock from a gentleman that had several time recorders. Each one was broken down into parts and the pieces were all mixed up in boxes. As you can imagine, it was a nightmare to find all the parts for this one.

I am missing the hands, pendulum. I was able to find a contact in the UK that was willing to sell me those parts. Currently, I am waiting for the shipment to arrive.

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15 responses to “UPDATE: Gledhill Brook Time Recorder Restoration. Punch the Clock!

  1. I am looking for a restored recorder clock

    Do u sale them?

    • Sorry for the delay in our reply.

      Unfortunately, no, we don’t sell clocks. We are just mad collectors . . .

      Good luck in your search!

    • I have a Gledhill Brook Time Recorder in working order. It is number 23,130 so dates to 1927. If you are still interested in buying one, please let me know your email address and I will send you photographs.

    • Hi, Barbara!
      I have a Gledhill Brook Punch Clock that I would like to sell. I’m in Winter Haven, FL. I have pictures and the serial number. It’s in good condition, just needs ink.

  2. Hi , I recently purchased one of these time recording clocks but the pendelum was loose in the case. I cannot see how it attaches and suspect there is something missing? Have you any ideas or photos showing the connection at the back of the clock

  3. Pendulum suspension spring broken most likely, replacement should not be to costly and well worth doing for these fabulous clocks.
    I have two of them and love them both equally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Details of the history and range are contained in a 80 page ( or so ) booklet privately published by Paul Harrison , entitled A series of papers on the Early History and Development of Industrial Time Recorders – Paper 1.
      I believe only 500 were printed , but you may find one in an antique book store ( I found mine via Abe Books ).
      The design was cost engineered in the late 30<s , changing the dial to a single piece , taking away the ornate top and replacing the brass plate with a plain one. I have a 1932 version as per the one above , and a 1942 wartime one in the new design … the originals quality is better !

  4. Is the No punched into the case or the No stamped into the clock works relevant to dating the Gledhill-Brook timeclocks.
    Did they also market a range of styles ,patterns and finishes.
    One of mine is much more smartly presented than the other

    • Sometimes the number is punched in the wood of the case. Always on the white tag under the face (often missing!) There are no numbers on the movement plates.

  5. Simon, Yes and no. G-B made its own cases and stamped the serial number on the top edge of the left or right siderail, top left edge of the open door, inside bottom of the case and on the white tag attached to the dial surround. The movement was made by Wm. Haycock of Ashbourne and the numbering started at 7000 They do not match the number in the case. They marketed 14 Attendance models, 8 Attendance&Time Costing, 2 Portable, 6 Signature & Autograph and 1 Transport. Electrics after WW2.

  6. Graham Wilson

    Is it finished ??

    Having had mine for 20 years stored in the garage I am now beginning the refurbishment – cnnot even get the face off yet !!!!!!!!!!

  7. I have been doing research on this time recorder since 1991 and now have details on 280 GBTR’s, 192 are long case fusee compensated. This research has led to many interesting facts about the GBTR. One of the most interesting is the steel plates and spring barrels on some recorders made during WW II. During this period G-B was making shell casings and when brass was in short supply shell casings had first priority. Based on my research no more than 150-175 were ever made with steel. If you have a GBTR that dates during the war period put a magnet on the spring barrel and plates, you might be surprised.

  8. Allan Stephenson

    Hi, i have just aquired one of these gledhill time recorder clocks, been after one for years.To start i now nothing about clock movements but i am a retired engineer with a good workshop and willing to learn. Could anybody send me photos of the clock movement from all angles so i can see where bits go or if any missing. On the clock movement there is stamped “empire 36239 G.B.T.R. Ltd what does this relate to?. The recorder i am sure i can get working after taking pics and a clean up, its the clock movement i am concerned about, my e-mail is bigal612@aol.com, any photos or help would be really appreaciated Regards Allan Stephenson

  9. I have just got a Gledhill Brooks punch clock from the Morris Cowley factory, however pendulum was removed for transporting but I cannot see how to reconnect, any suggestions please?
    Thank you

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