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Typical Gents' of Leicester logo
A typical 240-volt electric wall clock produced by Gents' of Leicester, dating to approx. the late 1960s

Gents' of Leicester, also known as Gents & Company Limited, was established in Leicester, England, in 1872 by John Thomas Gent. For over a century, the company was a well-known manufacturer of electrical equipment, in particular its electric clocks, which were used in public buildings and railway stations all over the world.


The company also produced fire alarm systems, electric bells, transformers, telephones, signalling and recording equipment, and electrical parts for aircraft communications and radar equipment. The company had a workforce of several hundreds at its height.


Its main design and manufacturing centre and headquarters were at the Faraday Works in Temple Road, Leicester; but after World War II, the company expanded into nearby Kibworth.[1] A premises at London Road was also used at this time. In the early 1990s a new large building was constructed in the Hamilton area of Leicester and the other buildings were all closed.


In 1981, Gents' of Leicester was taken over by the international organisation Chloride, and was known as "Chloride Gent". In 1982, the company was sold by Chloride to the MK Electric Group, and was then known as "Gent Limited". The factory at Kibworth closed, and only a few jobs remained at the central Leicester works.[1] In 1993, the company was acquired by Caradon/Novar; and in 2005, it was taken over by Honeywell, and has been known as "Gent by Honeywell" since. Still based in Leicester, the company is now mostly involved with fire detection and alarm systems.[2]


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Leicester Mercury

Leicester Mercury
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:46:20 -0700

These include a vintage doubledecker bus, Gimson horizontal and vertical beam engines, The Jones and Shipman and the Gents of Leicester Collections and a Merryweather fire engine. The city council is currently considering how they will put the returned ...


Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:14:04 -0800

English manufacturers Smiths Sectric and Gents' of Leicester are two such inspirations - an ultra-clean dial bears nothing but hour and minute hands and slightly chunky indices. And, following Rams into permanent-collection territory, Uniform Wares M37 ...

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Northamptonshire Telegraph
Sat, 17 May 2014 04:02:27 -0700

That gift was believed to have taken the form of a financial donation, because the construction of the pavilion did not start until 1922. It was completed in 1923. Work to repair the cast iron clocks, made by the world-famous Gents' of Leicester, has ...


Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:04:12 -0700

Of particular influence were the British brands Smiths Sectric and Gents of Leicester, famed for their electric wall- and desk-clock designs, hugely popular in schools, offices and other municipal environments in Britain during the 1950s. The simple ...

London SE1

London SE1
Tue, 02 Mar 2010 02:57:32 -0800

The clock was made by Gents of Leicester and is believed to date back to the 1920s. The refurbishment is scheduled for completion by 20 April. The majority of work will be carried out off-site and during this time the main clock fitting will remain ...

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