Sunday, 13 October 2013


Newark Northgate station has this fine example of a Potts clock on Platform 1. Its positioning and design is certainly a throw back to times gone by, but is wonderful to see. Full marks to East Coast trains for keeping it in good condition.

On the other side of town is Newark Castle station. Close to this is the building below. The surrounding car park is shown on the maps as an arena, so presumably it is used for occasional events.

The building acts as the arena pavilion and toilet block.

There are two clock faces - one side is in reasonable condition (although the hands are a bit bent), but the other face is in a much worse condition.

Looking across from the arena/car park, you can see this building. It sits by the River Trent, so presumably its original purpose was something to do with river trade and industry. However, it has now been incorporated into a sheltered housing complex.

We are now on Bar Gate, facing the entrance to the highly descriptive Slaughterhouse Lane. Although this now in fact leads to a Morrisons supermarket.

Ostensibly in Church Street, St Mary's church, which its spire reaching 236 feet (72 m), dominates the centre of the town, and forms a backdrop to Market Place, the main town square.

Thanks to the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project web pages ( I can tell you that the clock has three 7ft (2.1 m) diameter and one 9ft (2.7 m) diameter faces. The clock mechanism of 1898 is originally by Joyce (of Whitchurch), and was converted to electrical working in 1971 by Smith of Derby.

Next up are the fabulous offices of the Castle Brewery in Albert Street.

Nothing to do with clocks, but I love this depiction of Newark Castle which sits below the clock tower.

This now deserted site was once John Harrison car dealers in Lombard Street.

Our final clock in Newark is indoors. This is the Buttermarket shopping centre, located in a former covered market hall opened on 13 October 1884 (so happy 129th birthday). It was converted to the Buttermarket in 1990.

Part of the shopping centre seems to be called The Royal Exchange, as evidenced by the clock.

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