The Grand Clock, Grand Arcade Potts Clock, Leeds – new photographs for 2013

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It’s been many years since we had clear new photographs of the Leeds treasure that is the Potts Clock at Grand Arcade.  To read an introduction to the clock and it’s history click here.

The Handpicked Hall retailers are leading a campaign to raise funds to restore the clock, which has not worked properly for many years, to it’s former glory.  Please follow the campaign Facebook page here.

As part of my work with Handpicked Hall, access was arranged for me to photograph the clock in it’s pre-restoration condition.  As you will see, it’s quite dirty and the clock room is damp due to water leaking through the roof.

The famous figures look to be in good condition and have not rusted.  I expected them to be made from plaster but they are actually hollow metal that has been made in sections and joined together.  The figures are also much larger than I expected!  I’m 5ft 5in and they are taller than I am, though they do stand on a raised revolving platform.

This is the exterior view of the clock that shoppers see as they walk down the Grand Arcade.

These are my 2013 images of the clock interior.  Due to previous issues with image theft I have watermarked them.  These images may not be copied or posted elsewhere online, but feel free share links to this blog post.

If you would like to see the full set in my online gallery please click here.


If you would like to see the Grand Clock up close for yourself you need to go buy a drink in Santiagos Bar, which is the unit next to the clock.  There is a viewing window through into the clock room at Santiagos that the staff can direct you to.  The window can be seen on the left hand side of the above image behind the ladder.

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Article By Paula Brown of Ollievision

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  1. Tilly September 22, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    A nice set of photographs looking at the condition overall I would think it would not be a massive job and worth every penny.This was a very important clock when I was a child and a visit to town from Hunslet would always include a look at this clock striking on the hour.I would love to see this again I would think this could go a long way in bringing this part of Leeds back to life this was a very busy part of town in my childhood days not so now.

    • Paula Brown (Ollievision) September 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      Thanks for your comment. When I got up there I could see why the restoration budget is so large. The clock itself is in good condition though is very dirty and requires repairs. The clock room is not watertight, the roof leaks and parts of the wooden floor were wet.

  2. Peter Mace November 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I love that clock, It brings back many happy memories of days in the town, I lived in Quarry Hill Flats so a walk into town was almost a daily occurance. It used to make me smile when everybody in the arcade stopped just watch it chime and see all the figures appear even though, like me, they had seen it many, many times. I am 63 but it is stiil nice to see the clock.

    • Hilary Ohr April 12, 2014 at 5:34 am #

      Peter this is crazy…I’m 62 and I remember standing in the arcade waiting for the hour to strike so I could watch the soldiers strike the hour. This is one of my most fondest childhood memories. I also love that clock…funny how these small things bring back such wonderful times. I know exactly where Quarry HIll Flats are, I had a friend that lived there and we used to play in the big concrete yard outside the flats. I still remember the echo of our footsteps as we we would run up and down the steps and through the corridor’s between the flats.

      I lived on Pasture Road, Harehills, Leeds 8 then…this brought back so many memories. I left England in 1964 and now live in Florida, USA.

  3. Johne284 April 27, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    very interesting

  4. Johna89 April 27, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    Thank you for the good writeup.

  5. Ashly May 18, 2014 at 5:01 am #

    Fantastic read!

  6. Johnf322 July 21, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    This post truly made my day. Thanks

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