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Following the latest Government announcement on Wednesday, 23rd December, we will continue to stay open to support all those guests who are permitted to travel for essential purposes. For the comfort of our guests, we will also be providing room service of both full English breakfast along with a hearty supper menu, all delivered safely to your bedroom door. Call 01603 272007, or email reservations at [email protected] if you have any concerns, or if indeed if you would like to make a reservation. We will keep you updated and let you know as soon as we are able to throw open our doors once more.
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Norwich Clockmaker Returns to Work on Historic Maids Head Clock

Simon Michlmayr and the Wine Press Clock

Simon Michlmayr, of Norwich clock and watch makers and repairers S Michlmayr & Company, returned to the scene of his first summer clock repair job as a 14 year-old – the Maids Head Hotel.

Forty years ago Mr Michlmayr, under the watchful eye of his late father Fritz, repaired the mid 19th century clock, which overlooks diners in the Maids Head Hotel’s 2 AA Rosettes Wine Press Restaurant. Now it was the turn of Mr Michlmayr to oversee his assistant, Esme Collins, who repaired and restored the clock.

The 1850s Wine Press Clock

It has been really interesting to come back to the Maids Head and help repair this historic timepiece again,” said Simon Michlmayr. “I remember being very excited forty years ago as I embarked on my first official job.I am pleased that I was able to give the work to Esme.”

The Maids Head clock, which dates from the 1850s, is weight driven and runs for a week. It was originally a striking clock. The mechanism is accessed from a small cupboard in the hotel’s 18th century Assembly Room, now called the Minstrel Suite, which overlooks the restaurant courtyard.

Restored clock mechanism

Simon Michlmayr set up his own business 33 years ago, after his father died. He looks after City Hall’s clock and has worked on many of the church clocks in the area, as well as repairing domestic clocks and wristwatches.

Esme Collins has completed the first two years in the British Horological Institute’s Diploma in the Repair and Restoration of Clocks, with one more year of studying to come.

Christine Malcolm, General Manager, the Maids Head Hotel said. “It has been wonderful to welcome Simon Michlmayr back to the Maids Head to look after our historic courtyard clock, which has been a constant presence in the hotel for more than 150 years. With Simon and his colleague Esme’s expert work, the clock will continue to oversee proceedings for many more years.”

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