Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Hull (Part 4)

And so to the final part, number 4, of our journey around Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, which is a wrap-up of all the other clocks sighted.

The first one in the bag is the modern building of Dove House Hospice on Chamberlain Road.

It is always nice to see clocks fitted to newer buildings. And this is a nice example - a classic design with bold, clear numerals. Nothing fancy, but a clock from which it is easy to tell the time at a glance.

Of a slightly older era is the shopping centre of the Garden Village.

This planned urban development of around 600 houses was largely funded by Sir James Reckitt to provide worker accommodation for the nearby factory, in the mould of other settlements for Cadbury's in Birmingham and Rowntree's in York.

The estate was built between 1908 and 1913. The shopping centre itself, now unfortunately being converted into private residences, was built in 1909.

Just up the Holderness Road is East Park. This is a fabulous open space of 130 acres, originally opened in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. It includes feature such as a boating lake added in 1913, and a splash boat of 1929.

It also includes this more modern clock outside the main pavilion.

I also love the model of the clock which acts as a collection box.

Back down the Holderness Road towards the city centre, and the modern shopping development that is the Mount Retail Park.

I rather prefer the approach taken by Dove House Hospice of having a more modern take on a classic design rather than this straight copy, but at least the developers have included a clock for which I have to be grateful.

And so finally we reach the last stop on our tour of Hull. This is the Lee's Rest Houses on Anlaby Road.

This is an impressive development of retirement homes built 1912 - 1915, and funded by the will of Dr Charles Alfred Lee.

Confronted by the gates I wasn't sure whether there was public access, so I am grateful for the resident who invited me into the grounds.

The clock tower is situated on the central reading room.

The clock maybe fairly standard, but this development is one of Hull's hidden gems.

So we have to say goodbye to Hull, and wish the city well for the remainder of its time of UK City of Culture.

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