Jacob Mickelfield

Clockmaker, of Goldhanger and Southminster

Jacob Mickelfield, or Micklefield was a clockmaker who lived and worked in The Square at Goldhanger in the mid 1700s. His name is spelt both ways on his clocks and on documents seen relating to him. Today the house is a listed building and shows on the Electoral Role as No.2 Head Street, being the first house on the north side of village square. The house is now called “The Clockmakers” . . .

Mickelfield's house is on the right (postcard from the early 1900s)

After working in Goldhanger for over twenty years he moved his business to Southminster, and clocks still survive with both Goldhanger and Southminster engraved on the dials. The period of time he worked in Southminster is not known. Here is a summary of dates taken from several sources. . .

1735 - birth record of a Jacob Mickelfield

1766 - Jacob Micklefield cited in apprenticeship indentures Goldhanger

1766 - Jacob Micklefield recorded in taxation listing as a Goldhanger residence

1767 - Deeds of the property show Jacob Mickelfield purchased the house for ₤134

1767 - Jacob Mickelfield, "whitesmith", leased a property at Goldhanger for five shillings

1781 - Deeds of the property show Jacob Mickelfield sold the house for ₤200

1782 - a land tax assessment for Goldhanger paying 12s 10d as the owner

1789 - Jacob Mickelfield was a resident of Southminster a taxation listing

1789 - Jacob Mickelfield aged nine, son of the clockmaker, was buried in Southminster

1789 - Jacob Mickelfield was listed as a master clockmaker when he took on an apprentice

1803 - Jacob Mickelfield was a resident of Southminster in a taxation listing



Jacob Mickelfield would have contructed, re-built and repaired many clocks in his working career. To date (2017) ten have been identified . . .



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Purchased in Suffolk in the 1980s

A brass Lantern clock belonging to a Goldhanger family who are no longer resident in the village.

Inscribed: Jacob Mickelfield, Goldhanger


For sale in the Leigh Auction Rooms Leigh on Sea, Essex, October 1998

A George III oak long case clock, the arch brass dial with automated painted sailing ship, date aperture and second subsidiary dial, maker: Jacob Mickelfield, Southminster, Essex, the eight day movement with five pillars and striking on a bell, the case with an arch door and plinth base.

(George III reign was 1760 -1801)

Sold by Sotheby's Billingshurst, West Sussex, February 2000

A 30 hour long case clock movement and dial, English, late 18th Century, the 11inch dial signed on the chapter ring Jacob Mickelfield, Goldhanger, the birdcage movement with external locking plate and striking on a bell, with pendulum and weight, faults.

Sold by Desmond Judd, Cranbrook, Kent May 2002

Jacob Mickelfield, (Southminster, Essex) - (18thc) - (circa 1740-1770) an interesting early to mid 18thc. English Georgian brass longcase dial and movement. 11 inch square 30 hour single hand, single piece dial and 'birdcaged' movement with single weight on a chain. The dial is engraved Jacob Mickelfield, Soutminster(sic), Essex. Squared dial with roman numerals, engraved leaf and berry decoration to each corner, an engraved rural scene with the chapter ring depicting an 18thc. A rustic male in a rowing boat, his wife waving a stick before a cottage, brass thirty hour movement verso, with bell, pendulum and weight. made in the 1780s.






For auction Pardy & Son April 2008

. . .and by Jacob & Hunt May 2008

A George III Oak long case Clock, the arched hood with turned pilasters above an arched and carved panel door and conforming plinth base, the silvered face inscribed: Jacob Micklefield, Goldhanger, with Roman and Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds dial with date aperture and with eight-day two train striking movement on a bell ₤500-700.

For sale on Ebay May 2013

Antique superb mahogany case with a moon phase dial, long case clock. The mahogany case has a long arched trunk door. The attractive engraved silvered dial with birds in the spandrels and a moon phase in the arch moon connected dial signed in the arch of the dial:  "Jacob Michelfield Coldhanger". The 8 day striking movement is clean and seems to function with pressure in the two great wheels. With weights winding key and pendulum. Location: Ivybridge, Devon, Starting price ₤1500.


The same clock. . .


For sale by Rees Antique Clocks Newquay, 2013-14

Mahogany longcase clock, Silvered Moon Phase Dial.

8 Day Striking Movement. Height: 85inches.


Date: 17th/18th Century


("Coldhanger" is most likely a misinterpretation of Goldhanger)



For sale by Gutlin Clocks, Kings Road, London

and on the net for ₤14,500 in 2014

An English late 18th circa 1780 Century Flame Mahogany 2-train Moonroller Longcase Clock By Jacob Micklefield, Goldhanger. Signed 12-inch break-arch silvered brass dial with date. The fine quality figured mahogany case with brass capitals and reeded hood columns inset with brass reeding, the fine quality case with a long trunk door and a break-arch type hood.







Auctioned in Rayleigh, Essex, in November 2015

sold for: ₤600

An oak cased longcase clock having local interest made by Jacob Micklefield, Southminster, Essex. Dial inset with painted sailing ship, to be sold with weights, key and pendulum.


Duke's Auctioneers, Dorchester, Dorset

Sole in February 2017


A George Ill Oak Longcase Clock

Arched silvered dial signed "Jacob Mickelfield, Goldhanger", the centre decorated with buildings in a landscape amongst subsidiary seconds dial and date arch, with a two train five pillar movement striking on a bell, the arched top hood flanked by reeded columns, with long arched top trunk door.  18th century.  80-inches high.

Estimated Value: £400 - £600




Duke's Auctioneers, Dorchester, Dorset

Lot 620, Date of sale: 16 May 2017

A George Ill Oak Longcase Clock

Arched silvered dial signed

"Jacob Mickelfield, Goldhanger"

Estimate: 100 - 200 GBP


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