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Stopped Clocks is a public collaborative project which exists to first document all the stopped clocks in the UK, with the aim being to restore those we can to working order.

Anyone can help, so please send us any information on stopped clocks in your area and by all means post here at the blog.

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Now a children's fashion store, a lovely clock on a forgotten Art Deco facade.

Posted by plewis

Alfie says:

I've been thinking, with the smaller clocks like this it's going to be so hard to get the building owners to get them working again, I wonder if removing them and displaying them in a public clocks museum along with the history of their original location is an option.

14th Sep 2008, 12:50

plewis says:

Ah, pick on the little guys ;-)

Isn't it relative? They wouldn't look small on your mantelpiece.

Think that would defeat the ultimate Stoppedclocks project aim? Civic Pride.
Surely smaller clocks will be cheaper to fix. And a good opportunity to get some local public involvement? - see Minnie Lansbury Memorial clock.

Personally am more interested in the smaller clocks as they have interesting things to say about 'Public' timepieces. You had to have some cash/social standing one assumes to erect even a comparatively small clock of this nature?

But as a last resort yes a clock museum would be better than allowing these pieces of history to merely rust away to nothing.

The tough old 'wild animals in the wild or in an animal santuary' argument I guess. :-)

14th Sep 2008, 13:46

plewis says:

esp as with many of them it may simply be a case of winding them up/plugging them into the power supply/putting back a face or some hands?

14th Sep 2008, 13:50

Alfie says:

It's not only a case of the initial fixing, it's a case of having an ongoing year on year responsbility then for the upkeep of the clock, or at least putting that level of administration in place to ensure this happens. I think that will be possible in many cases, but in some it simply won't be, and without a museum or other solution the clocks themselves would just detiorate further over time.

14th Sep 2008, 13:59

cec says:

My friend noticed this clock today , 25/6/11, and he wondered what the building originally was and if the rectangle contained words .

25th Jun 2011, 20:03