Search

Made in Islington: Watches and Madonna music videos at Gleave and Co, St John Street

PUBLISHED: 09:33 12 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:33 12 October 2016

Gleave and Co staff in St John Street, Clerkenwell, in 1998

Gleave and Co staff in St John Street, Clerkenwell, in 1998

Archant

Every week, we take to the streets to unearth something being manufactured right here in Islington. This week, we spoke to watch maker Gleave and Co in Clerkenwell.

Like many parts of our borough, Clerkenwell has undergone huge change over the years.

But watch maker and part supplier Gleave and Co, in St John Street, has been one constant.

Joseph Gleave opened the shop in 1948 and it remains in the family: son Graham has run the business since Joseph’s death in 1982.

Though its main business is supplying watch and clock parts, it also makes watches.

One Gleave and Co pocket watch even featured in the video for Madonna’s “Bad Girl” single in 1993.

Graham said: “The watches we make are mainly retro style, and there are half a dozen varieties.

“We use Swiss movements but the cases are designed and made in our shop. Our watch maker produces the mould and then casts the cases.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Islington Gazette. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Islington Gazette