Important Message

Dear Customer,

After 123 years of trading, Charles Butcher and Co Ltd, and its operating company, Durham Foundry (Sheffield) Ltd, are ceasing trading. This has not been an easy decision but the board believes that it is the right time to do so and is in the best interests of the shareholders. This is a planned closure and the companies are wholly solvent.

Current orders will be honoured but we will be unable, unless specifically agreed, to take on any new work.

To enable the closure to happen as smoothly as possible, we have entered into an agreement to try and transfer work to Canlin Castings Ltd. They are a similar foundry to Durham Foundry offering the same range of material grades, quantities and weights. Their details are:-

Canlin Castings Ltd,
North Street,
Langley Mill,
NG16 4DF

Tel: 01773 715412

The contact there, to discuss how work may be transferred, is David Carlin who can be contacted at

If you wish to discuss anything regarding the closure, please contact me on 0114 249 4977 or email me at

Mike Naylor
Chairman and Managing Director
Charles Butcher and Co Ltd and Durham Foundry (Sheffield) Ltd

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Time. It’s fascinated people ever since they realised that the sun rose in the morning and disappeared at night. We’ve also tried to find increasingly accurate and complex ways of measuring it from sundials to atomic clocks. This desire to measure has resulted in one of the more interesting projects we’ve been involved with recently which has also proved that sometimes the old ways are what excite the imagination.

Somewhere in China is a theme park that is currently nearing completion. At the centre of the park, on top of a man made hill is a clock, a rather large clock. It’s also no ordinary clock. These days, most time pieces are electronic but the powers that be in China decided that they didn’t want an electronic one. Instead they wanted a mechanical clock. To achieve this, they also decided they wanted an English clock maker so enter Smith of Derby, a long establish maker of mechanical clocks going back to 1856.

In 2020 we were approached by Smith to see if we’d like to make all the ductile iron castings that would go into the clock mechanism. We jumped at the chance. Projects like this don’t come around very often.

About 12 months later, the whole mechanism was ready to ship. There’s a few pictures below of what we all achieved.

The whole clock is now sat on that hill in China at the top of a tower. The Chinese customer is apparently rather pleased with it. So are we.

Given that all my posts contain a musical reference, the one for this was fairly obvious. Another great British export, Pink Floyd and their track Time. Obvious really. Click here to see the video.

Finally, I’d like to thank Smith of Derby for involving us in the first place and Mogul Engineers in Rotherham for the excellent machining they provided on our castings.

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