Thomas Barrett of Lewes, Ca1700
Thomas Barrett the son of Edward Barrett clock and gunsmith of Lewes is one of the earliest makers we know whose work survives. He was a very able maker with a long working life covering a period when there was a crossover from Lantern clock to Longcase. Some fine examples of both 8 day and 30 hour clocks survive, but very few Lantern clocks. In fact this is the only wholly complete and original example we have seen. It has a brass hand (more commonly seen on West Country clocks) over a well engraved and signed dial centre. It has a long pendulum and Anchor escapement.
He took several apprentices including notably; John Mercer in 1713, later of Hythe. John Feron in1717, Lewes. Thomas Harben in 1724 , Lewes. Henry Baker in 1726, later of West Malling. (Hen Baker went on to take a Lewes apprentice Sam Ollive.) Thomas had a very long working life as examples of his work even later than this are known. The number of surviving clocks by his successful apprentices suggest he was indeed a master clockmaker. He was buried at All Saints in 1752 aged 87 years. He had married his wife Tabitha Button in 1691. She survived him by just two months.