Friday, 30 September 2011

Leeds Thornton Arcade Clock

The Ivanhoe Clock, at one end of Thornton's Arcade, has long been one of it's main attractions. The clock mechanism was made by William Potts and Sons of Leeds, a very well known maker of public clocks and time keeping mechanisms still sought after by antique collectors.
Robin Hood, Richard the Lion-Hearted, Friar Tuck and Gurth the Swineherd, all characters in the 19th century novel Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, feature on the clock. Each character, in turn, marks the quarter hour by striking a large bell with his fists. The life-sized figures were sculpted by Leeds artist John Wormald Appleyard

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