December 31, 2014

Herbert Clarkson

I was saddened to learn a couple of days ago of the very sudden death of Herbert Clarkson - the 'Son' in H. Clarkson & Son of Layerthorpe, York.

Herbert was my partner is Camden during the late 1970s, and I was his in Clarksons at the same time; we eventually went our separate ways, but had remained good friends since. Indeed we had been planning a book on the extraordinary history of Clarksons, which I will now unfortunately have to complete on my own.

As well as being a thoroughly nice man and friend, Herbert was a superb model engineer, whether designing and building steam models or the very complex industrial models which were the firm's bread & butter.

The model engineering world has lost one of its greats.

The designs of H. Clarkson & Son/Clarksons of York are being gradually re-introduced by Blackgates Engineering.


ian hewitt said:

I served my engineering apprenticeship at h Clarkson and son, from 1968 to 1975. Herbert was a very kind, patient and knowledgeable man who taught me everything there is to know about all aspects of engineering. I am in my sixties now and still enjoy making my 3.5 inch gauge live steam a/3 loco, to clarksons design. he was a good man and it was a good company.


Steve Curtis said:

I also served my apprenticeship with Clarkson’s in the late sixties. I found Herbert to be a true gentleman. A font of engineering knowledge always ready to help . I recall , Herbert and his wife even attended my wedding .


Steve Curtis said:

I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Herbert
I too served my apprenticeship at Clarkson’s in the late sixties.I agree with everything Ian said. It was a great place to learn a trade and Herbert was indeed a great tutor. He was also a great man manager ; firm but fair. Such was his relationship with his staff that him and his wife even attended my wedding.

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