Saturday, 28 September 2013

Lincoln (Part 2)

Time to march back down the hill we climbed in Part 1.

The starting point is the Tower Hotel on Westgate. A fairly standard modern clock, but quite attractive in the context of the whole hotel sign.

More widely known than the Tower Hotel, and on a ever so slightly grander scale is Lincoln Cathedral. This is truly an amazing piece of architecture, both outside and in, and is one of the few buildings that can accurately be described as awe-inspiring.

Inside the cathedral is this splendid example.

Moving down Lindum Road (having passed through Pottergate, which I am reliably informed is not a scandal involving a boy wizard) we pass the modern building of Lincoln Minster School.

We are down now at the lower town level, and more precisely at the junction of Clasket Gate and Broadgate. It is rather odd having a clock in an otherwise blank brick wall, but at least it tells you the time as you approach the city centre from the north.

You can see this next example from many points in Lincoln. From a distance you can't tell whether it has panels covering where the faces used to be or if the faces are very dirty. This by the way is what used to be the Wesleyan Schools in Rosemary Lane, erected in 1859.

Up close you actually find that the clock face has been painted on and is now somewhat faded.

The modern Waterside Shopping Centre has its own pastiche of the small towers on the surrounding older buildings. You can see that the idea was good, but one that was executed in a half-hearted sort of way. But the architects have included a traditional clock, with a rather pleasant surround.

Out now to the west of the city centre, to Holmes Road. I'm no detective, but the clock seems suspiciously similar from the Tower Hotel.

Onwards to St Mary's Street, and the premises or Eric A Bird (his full name I assume, and not a description of Eric, although an avian shopkeeper would be quite impressive). Not really a public clock, but more of a clock placed in a window. But it has a form of permanence and therefore merits its inclusion in this survey.

And finally to the railway station (which at the end of the platforms has a level crossing over the High Street - quite an unusual arrangement these days). The station has an identical clock on each of its two main platforms (and none on any of the others!).

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