Sunday, 21 July 2013


This is the final stop on my recent clock-spotting tour of north-east England.

Let's start with a bit of shopping at Morrison's.

Followed by this nightclub in The Avenue.

Next up is a turret clock on an NHS premises on Victoria Road.

H Lamb is a family-run  jewellers shop on York Road. "Potts of Leeds - Five Generations of Clockmakers" lists a clock of 1939  for H Lamb in their previous premises in Lynn Street. I don't know whether this is the same clock.

A little bit further down the road is Maynews newsagents.

This next grand building is the old Hartlepool Co-operative Society building  in Park Road. Completed in 1915, it has now more recently been converted into flats.

Sadly the only remains of the clock are this skeleton dial.

Down the road from the Co-op building, past the brewery, is Stranton Church (All Saints).

Into the hell that is indoor shopping malls. This is the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, built in 1969 and officially opened by Princess Anne in May 1970. Apparently it was originally an open air shopping centre until converted into an indoor centre in 1992 (which in my view is a bonkers idea). The end result is a ground floor that has oppressively low ceilings, and an upper floor with a glass roof that makes it stifling hot.

Anyway, there are two clocks. The first is a standard small timepiece by the information point.

And the second is this more unusual (but not necessarily attractive) design:

The external design of the shopping centre can be simply described as dreadful. One side of its awfulness has the temerity to face a square with a huge war memorial. having said that, on the opposite side of the road is a brutal brick building that is Hartlepool Civic Centre - a building that does not have a lot of 'civic' about it.

Lets move on, to a time when shops were more civilised. This building now houses Wilkinsons, but was originally Binns department store.

Hopefully the netting around the clock tower is a sign of preservation or restoration. I believe that this is a Potts clock of 1902.

Also a Potts clock is the one on the Hartlepool Art Gallery, originally Christ Church. The timepiece dates form 1919.

A more modern design can be found on top of MacDonald's near the marina.

Next up is a view of the clock in the Quayside Maritime Experience museum. I didn't have time to go and get a better view of the clock, so we will have to make do with this one.

The modern turret clock seems to be the in thing in the marina area. Here are two more:

This though is a much older clock. I didn't have time to explore further - I think this might be the Customs House of 1911.

We end our tour of Hartlepool with this delightful building, the Dock Office of 1846.


  1. It is a real joy to follow your travels and I congratulate you on some excellent photographs. Can't wait for next year's instalment.
    Michael Potts

  2. Thank you for your continuing support. I hope to capture some clocks in York in September, and possibly a few other places too. Some London clocks coming up over the next few weeks.

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