Clockmaking in the 18th century saw the development
of local trading, including in Harrold. The trade was generally
confined to a small number of craftsmen working in market towns
and some villages, and Harrold had a number of clockmakers. They
were true country craftsmen, with an assistant or apprentice, and
some Harrold clockmakers trained apprentices who went on elsewhere
to ply their trade.
Quite a number of clock and watch makers were
non-conformists, particularly around the turn of the 19th century,
including Eaton Jefferies of Harrold. A few clockmakers supplemented
their income with clerical work, including William Raban of Harrold,
serving as clerk to the parish. A clock made by William Covington of Harrold is still in the village and one nearby (dated 1750) in Stevington Baptist Meeting Church.