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Photo-a-day 257: Potts drum clock

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My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

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This is a drum clock manufactured by Potts for the concourse at Newcastle Station, where it still hangs today. It’s about 120 years old or thereabouts. For a long time after I first moved to Newcastle, this clock had no hands. I don’t know whether it was broken and later repaired, or whether the hands were removed for restoration. But after what seemed like years of it being a broken clock, I remember being somewhat surprised to find it in full working order one day.

One of the more widely circulated pictures from the large storms that have battered Tyneside in the last few months is this shot of the very same clock, in which the roof of the station is leaking to such a degree that it looks like it’s raining inside!

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Comments and responses

Comment from Michael Potts


    23.13, 07/10/2012

Very interesting photo and comment. The only aspect of the restoration is that the design of the original hands wasn’t used when the new hands were made. All Victorian clock-makers were known principally by the design of the hands, particularly when the name of the firm making the clock wasn’t shown on the dial. From old postcards it looks as though the words “Potts & Sons” and “Leeds” were painted on the dials when the clocks were installed.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    16.30, 10/10/2012

That’s interesting – I wonder what happened to the original hands? I can’t imagine them just falling off, but if they were intentionally removed, it seems odd that they were lost. I wonder why they didn’t use the original design in the restoration? I suppose it could be a cost issue, but then I’d have thought that clock hands like this would have to be bespoke anyway, so where’s the advantage in making them different?




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