3/20/2023, 9:17:42

Benjamin Samuel Morse - Clockmaker

Benjamin Samuel Morse of 8 Queen’s Road, Watford, Herts was born 1854, at Bradenstoke, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, (his father John, being a Baptist Minister), Morse was one of two clockmaking family brothers, (his older brother Ebenezer remaining in Wiltshire throughout his life). On 21 August 1876, Morse married wife Fanny in Holborn, London and continued his clock and watch making profession from High Street, Pinner, Middlesex.  

In 1884 Morse moved away from the centre of London to 8 Queen’s Road, Watford, Herts, (from where this clock would have been made), and by 1901,census returns record that he was living and trading from 136 High Street, Watford (as a watch maker and jeweller), where he remained until his retirement in the 1920’s. Morse passed away on 15 April 1932 in Watford, age 78 and buried at St Pauls Church, Langleybury, Herts. Following his death, the business was run by Morse’s granddaughter and became “Jackson's Jewellers”, which is still run by Morse’s descendants today, in Watford’s town centre.

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