A history of clockmaking
Time keeping apparatus in the form of devices such as sundials, candles and water clocks date back to classical antiquity, with the first records of mechanical clocks appear during the thirteenth century. During subsequent centuries mechanical clocks were at the cutting edge of technology and built by highly skilled craftsmen. They began to appear in towns and cities, often located on public buildings. Until the industrial revolution, clocks were handmade, however most clocks are now mass produced in factories and the majority of clockmakers now focus on the repair rather than the building of clocks.