Nov 05 2015

JAMES CARTER GRANDFATHER CLOCK AND WATCHMAKER OF WARRINGTON 1780-1848

James Carter’s mother, Margaret (Mary) was born a  Birchall,at Whiston  near Prescot. Though her father was a farmer, there are many Birchalls listed as clock, watch or movement makers. When Thomas Birchall ” declined farming “, the family moved to Warrington and took a place in the Buttermarket while James attended the Rev. Glazebrooke’s school. Aged 14, he was apprenticed to his grandfather clock and watchmaker uncle, George Birchall. The business was at first at Pinmakers Brow and later moved to Bridge Street. Nothing is heard of the period of apprenticeship and in July 1801, James was loose from his apprenticeship. About that time “felt his state powerfully in the conviction of a lost sinner “. He had fallen under the spell  of John Wesley (1703-1791) and remained a staunch Wesleyan all his life

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