Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Hull (Part 4)

And so to the final part, number 4, of our journey around Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, which is a wrap-up of all the other clocks sighted.

The first one in the bag is the modern building of Dove House Hospice on Chamberlain Road.

It is always nice to see clocks fitted to newer buildings. And this is a nice example - a classic design with bold, clear numerals. Nothing fancy, but a clock from which it is easy to tell the time at a glance.

Of a slightly older era is the shopping centre of the Garden Village.

This planned urban development of around 600 houses was largely funded by Sir James Reckitt to provide worker accommodation for the nearby factory, in the mould of other settlements for Cadbury's in Birmingham and Rowntree's in York.

The estate was built between 1908 and 1913. The shopping centre itself, now unfortunately being converted into private residences, was built in 1909.

Just up the Holderness Road is East Park. This is a fabulous open space of 130 acres, originally opened in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. It includes feature such as a boating lake added in 1913, and a splash boat of 1929.

It also includes this more modern clock outside the main pavilion.

I also love the model of the clock which acts as a collection box.

Back down the Holderness Road towards the city centre, and the modern shopping development that is the Mount Retail Park.

I rather prefer the approach taken by Dove House Hospice of having a more modern take on a classic design rather than this straight copy, but at least the developers have included a clock for which I have to be grateful.

And so finally we reach the last stop on our tour of Hull. This is the Lee's Rest Houses on Anlaby Road.

This is an impressive development of retirement homes built 1912 - 1915, and funded by the will of Dr Charles Alfred Lee.

Confronted by the gates I wasn't sure whether there was public access, so I am grateful for the resident who invited me into the grounds.

The clock tower is situated on the central reading room.

The clock maybe fairly standard, but this development is one of Hull's hidden gems.

So we have to say goodbye to Hull, and wish the city well for the remainder of its time of UK City of Culture.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Hull (Part 3)

In Part 3 we break away from the city centre, and go to parts that most tourists wouldn't go to. In the middle of the day it is amazing how many roads you can find with no other or very few pedestrians on them - mainly the roads through industrial areas.

So let's start off with a bit of dereliction. This sorry looking building is on the corner of Cannon Street and Caroline Street. I believe that this was the engineering works of Rose, Downs &Thompson.

Its clock has certainly seen better days.

And then amongst all the mess of commercial development, you come across a gem such as this.

This is Northumberland Court of 1886 at the end of Northumberland Avenue. The design is a bit bonkers in its own right, and seems even unusual in its industrial setting. But we're glad it is there.

Moving westwards to join the Beverley Road, our next sighting is this small-scale grandeur. Located on the corner of Pendrill Street, this was formerly the Hull Savings Bank and was built in 1901.

The clock clearly identifies itself of being by Potts of Leeds, and also dated as 1901 by "Potts of Leeds" by Michael S. Potts.

Unusually, you can also see part of the mechanism through one of the windows.

On the opposite side of the main road is this painted clock on the side of what was Stepney railway station of 1853. The trackbed now forms a cycle route.

Continuing north along Beverley Road, we find this clock on the side of E.W. Brown & Son, funeral directors.

Left at the next junction takes us onto Cottingham Road, where we pass the University Of Hull.

Time to head south via Chanterlands Avenue. This is the Hull Sports Centre, with its pavilion clock.

Also on Chanterlands Avenue is this building. Now a branch of Sainsbury's, it was once Jacksons & Sons Ltd. Such a firm is listed by "Potts of Leeds" as having a clock installed in 1928. Was this the building that is referred to?

Hymers College sits at the end of Hymers Avenue, and the original building with its clock tower dates from 1893.

Just round the corner at the junction of Spring Bank and Princes Avenue is this rather less grand clock tower on Pearsons.

We will pause here for a moment before going on to Part 4, our final installment from Hull.