Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Nottingham (Part 3 - Royal)

And so on to the Royal zone, which is the northern part of the city centre. We kick off with a pub (sounds good to me), the Tap n Tumbler on Woolaton Street.

Just down the road is the junction of Upper Parliament Street and Queen Street, where this clock lurks:

At the very western extremity of the Royal zone is the junction of Derby Road and Woolaton Street (the opposite end to the Tap n Tumbler), an area known as Canning Circus. The corner building, now the1877  restaurant (one assumed named after the date of the building which makes a change from all those establishments named after their street number), has this clock:

Zapping over the eastern side of the zone (a bit of a random order today), yields the YMCA building on Mansfield Road.

The former Nottingham Co-operative Society building, now converted to smaller shops, stands impressively on Upper Parliament Street. The building is really the three separate ones, with that from 1906 including a clock tower.

And finally for the Royal zone, we move to Stanley House on Talbot Street. This building dating from 1863 was formerly the Lambert's factory but has now been converted to offices. The clock tower was rebuilt in 1991-3 following its collapse.

The next stop will be the Lace Market and Victoria zones.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Nottingham (Part 2 - Castle)

The Castle zone is to the west of the city centre, and not surprisingly includes Nottingham Castle with all its Robin Hood connections. The zone includes the most prominent building in the whole of the city, that being the Council House. The building was opened in 1929, and includes a clock with a 10 ton bell called Little John.

The Council House sits on Old Market Square, just off of which can be found Long Row West and this clock with its lovely metalwork frame:

Another shop clock is in the wonderfully named Hounds Gate (which leads on to Spaniel Row):

Given that it is advertising watch repairs, it is a pity that it could do with some restoration. It only seemed to be working intermittently, and the reverse face has considerable damage.

Onwards to St James's Street, and this clock by the Britannia Hotel.

I'm not sure whether this clock is comic or tragic - it keeps good time, it is just a shame that the time it keeps is about 4 hours behind the rest of the country.

At the end of St James's Street is Standard Hill and the General Hospital. The hospital was originally built in 1781 - 82, and has seen many changes including extensions and more recent conversion of large parts to flats and offices. The clock though still remains.

[If you are on the tourist trail you are now right by the castle - well worth a visit, but no public clocks!]

Moving south to Castle Boulevard, New Castle House (built 1931 - 33) has this nice Art Deco-ish clock.

And finally on to St Peter's church, back in the heart of the city centre:

Next stop will be the Royal zone.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Nottingham (Part 1 - Broadmarsh)

Nottingham, the city of a thousand and one clocks. Well enough anyway to have to split it up into several postings. As many cities now have done to boost tourism, Nottingham city centre has several zones, which I will use to split up the record of all the clocks.

This first part covers an area called Broadmarsh, "the gateway to the city centre for many visitors" according to the tourist blurb. Well it was for me, arriving as I did at the railway station in the middle of a heavy shower on an otherwise sunny day.

The station has several different clocks, the first of which can be found on two of the platforms:

Up in the main booking hall area is a rather more grand clock which dominates the space:

Two further clocks adorn the station, a rather simple one in the taxi rank area, and a nice tower clock on the main building:

Incidentally this is the old Midland Railway station built in 1902-04. I will come on to the remains of the Great Central and Great Northern stations in later postings.

Staying with the transport theme, the nearby Broadmarsh bus station has two functional clocks, one inside the waiting room and one outside amongst the bus stops. They are identical, but I have included both for completeness.

Not very interesting I admit, but they do serve their primary purpose of telling the right time. Which is more than be said for this stopped clock on Carrington Street, near the railway station.

Even worse is the clock on the junction of Carrington Street and Canal Street which has no hands:

And finally for the Broadmarsh zone is another stopped clock, this time a very interesting design on a church on Maid Marian Way (the road itself being a brutal 1960's town planning intervention).

The next stop will be the Castle zone.

Sunday, 11 March 2012


After Golders Green and Edgware, we are still on the Northern Line but this time at Hampstead.

Just for completeness, we start off with the clocks on the underground station, first on the platform and then the similar one in the booking hall.

Immediately opposite the station is the impressive clock tower on what apparently was once the fire station.

The provenance of the building is confirmed by a small plaque.

The churches of Hampstead provide an interesting collection of clocks. The most impressive individual one is that of St John at Hampstead in Church Row.

Another St John's can be found in nearby Downshire Hill, which has a fairly ordinary but nicely maintained clock. Even more usefully it has a large sign with its name and address which helps greatly with maintaining records of all the photos taken!

The good maintenance approach is unfortunately not continued at St Stephen's. Although the actual clock faces look good, all are stopped at different times.

And the stopped clock theme is continued at the White Horse, even though the clock itself seems to be a recent replacement.

And finally for today's tour, to Leverton & Sons Funeral Directors on Haverstock Hill, opposite Belsize Park station.

Which just leaves time for a look at the Belsize Park station clock, before catching a train home.

Monday, 5 March 2012


To the northern outpost of the Northern Line, where the delights of Edgware await.

The first clock is above Lloyds Bank opposite the station, a nice cuboid example of timekeeping.

Further down Station Road is Rock Around the Clock. Whilst it is not an especially exciting clock, full marks to the shop for putting it up, and for at least including a logo to personalise the face.

Towards the western end of Station Road is the delightful little church of St Margaret of Antioch.

To the east end of the main shopping street is Edgware library. Quite an unusual clock in the way that it is mounted at an angle. It also looks that it originally had some form of crest on the panel to left of the clock face.

Inside the library entrance is information about the clock:

Anyway, that's all from Edgware.