Glassworks clock

Before leaving the subject of clocks, I wanted to include a photo sent to me by Ian Dixon.

It’s not the type I’ve included on earlier pages, which were all street clocks or factory clocks. This too is a factory clock, but it lived inside, and once controlled factory time at the glassworks in York.

Ian would be interested in hearing from anyone who remembers the clock in the factory.

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Keeping time: York clocks

Projecting clock on ornate bracket

Moving on from the stopped clocks, which were arranged by the date of the building they were on, to a selection arranged by the time they told — which was, in all cases, the right time. Captured on camera during recent evening wanderings.

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Even a stopped clock

‘Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day’ — as the saying goes.

Stopped clock, faded face, 4 July 2013

Here’s one I’ve only recently noticed. It’s small, and rather grubby and faded, and in fact barely visible. The photo needed some digital enhancement to make it obvious that there’s a clock face in there. The clock stopped at around 6.20, decades ago by the look of it.

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Changing times: factory clocks

Early 20th century factory clock, 21st century solar panel fitted

The Rowntree factory clock on Wigginton Road, fitted with a solar panel since its earlier appearance on these pages. Attention was drawn to these clocks after they were manually adjusted to just after 8 o’clock to celebrate the history of a particular line of confectionery once manufactured here.

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Time after time

Outdoor clock in front of trees, by factory entrance, time: 8:05

I like this. An understated, witty reminder. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous ‘After Eight’ mint, once manufactured here at Rowntree’s, the old factory clocks were adjusted, to just after eight.

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