It has the industrial heritage / decline of so many cities, but without much of the shiny new redevelopment. As Matthew Rice says in the introduction to his excellent book on the city*, "Stoke should be lovely but it's not".
[* "The Lost City of Stoke on Trent" - Matthew Rice. Frances Lincoln Ltd (2010)]
This posting is confined to just one of the six towns (unless I inadvertently strayed into another) - Hanley, which forms what can be seen as the city centre.
Our first clock is on the side of Lloyd's Bank in Fountain Square.
The back of the clock gives its date away as being 1936.
The building in question is The Tontines, a former meat market opened in 1831. The market closed in 1987, and the building eventually ended up as a bookshop and pub.
From aircraft to airwaves. Net up is the home of BBC Radio Stoke on Cheapside. I like the design of the building, although the clock is a bit out of character.
Now it is not often you see a fish and chip shop with its own clock - I think this is the first example I have come across.
The Venus Fish Bar is on Lichfield Street, and comes complete (or perhaps that should be incomplete) with a one-handed clock. I am guessing that this building original housed something different - does anyone know?
This is St John the Evangelist on Town Road, a Grade II* listed building built in 1790. It is now empty and hemmed in by the Intu shopping centre.
The proximity and impact of the shopping centre can be judged by this next picture taken from the rooftop car park.
And finally, not a very exciting clock, but a very standard post office on Leek Road.