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.

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