Simon Coulton’s interest in clockmaking began in the 1970’s when he was a teenager. His elder brother, Kevan, was a partner in an antique clock business in Cumberland Street, Edinburgh called Coulton & Dareau. Simon visited Scotland every summer, spending his entire school holiday surrounded by antique clocks and being encouraged to become involved in the lesser skilled aspects of their repair.
In the early eighties, trading under the name of Coulton & Coulton, the two brothers ran an antique clock repair business together near Ashbourne in Derbyshire.
Over the next five years, Simon learned many of the intricacies of the clockmaker's art from Kevan whilst attending the British Horological Institute course in Manchester on a part time basis.
In 1987, Simon moved to London to take up a post in the Antique Clock Department of Asprey in Bond Street. It was here that Simon was afforded the opportunity to study and research some of the finest work by eminent clockmakers of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
In 1992, Simon, with his wife Isabel and his family, moved to the village of South Brent in Devon where he opened a workshop and showroom in an old ironmonger’s shop. The business, which flourishes today in a new purpose-built workshop, continues to offer a highly specialised service dedicated to the care of antique clocks.
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