They were an iconic feature on one of Tyneside’s most notable landmarks for more than 80 years. Stolen two years ago by theives and sold for scrap, fetching an estimated six-figure sum, our clockmakers have recreated the clocks as part of a major restoration of the building.
While some of the original clock workings have remained, some, including the old barometer, were no longer in working order. They will instead be put on display along with some other of the original parts that could not be used in new models.
The iconic Grade II listed former department store in which the clocks are situated – which extends nearly 170,000 sq ft over six floors – has been a feature of the city’s skyline since it opened in 1932.
It is considered to be one of the best examples of an interwar building in Newcastle with its twin towers, sweeping curves and huge windows and was once an elegant shopping outlet.
3 clocks, 1 barameter
Neon lighting for hands, chapters and letters