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Thread: John Smith & Sons Clock Makers, Derby, November 2008

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    A few more pics, nothing exciting & poor quality

    More panelling



    Door to roof space





    Entrance to roof space, old



    Roof space


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    Bit of information about the proposed reuse of this site here;

    Plans for a 3m apartment and office block behind the former John Smith clockworks site have been given the green light. Derby City Council's planning committee gave the go-ahead to the development in Queen Street, Derby, despite concerns from some residents that important heritage would be lost. Work should start this autumn and last for 18 months. Developer Wilfred Young Homes put revised plans before the council in May of this year, having withdrawn original proposals last August because the design was deemed to be out of context with the surroundings. The new proposals are deemed to be more appropriate because the appartments are now "staggered back and not in a single block".

    John Smith development includes two penthouse appartments, six one-bedroom flats and 10 two-bedroom flats, plus a two-storey office area. The traditional clockworks front will be integrated into the design. However, some residents have voiced opposition to the plans and sought to obtain listed status for the building. The Derby Heritage and Environmental Association of Residents and Traders (HEART) staged a sit-in protest in May as work got under way to clear buildings at the back of the site. It then made two applications to the Department of Media Culture and Sport via English Heritage to get the building listed so it could be preserved, but both applications have been turned down.
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    Very interesting

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    John Smith & Sons, clockmakers - repairing 'Little Ben' windvane 1981




    John Smith & Sons circa 2000

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    Is the remaining clock right more than twice a day?

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    Interesting, im sure one of the museums in Leicester used to have clocks from this company

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    Leicester had quite a big clock industry with Gent did it not? I remember Gent clocks, bells and fire alarms were used in the schools and college I attended.
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    Good work mate, We have had our eye on this for ages but whenever we were in the area we were never suitably equipped and clothed to tackle that massive jungle at the rear.Love the "olde worlde" interior and panelling etc.

    Does anyone remember the window beneath the main clock which housed the motor/mechanism for the clock above,we used to waste ages as kids watching it go round so we were late for school,hoping we could skive the day off:)
    How come I always find the deep water, pigeon crap and rotten floor boardslol

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    Quote Originally Posted by thompski View Post
    Leicester had quite a big clock industry with Gent did it not? I remember Gent clocks, bells and fire alarms were used in the schools and college I attended.
    Yes indeed it did, everywhere you explore has the stuff lol

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    Very, very interesting looking place CG.
    The building itself is a lot older than the facade would suggest. Imagine it was "Georgianised" in the early 1800's. Some fabulous detailing inside. Loving the old cobbled streets too -very Corrie! ;)

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    P.s. -cheers for the additional info Thompski.
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    Think we're gonna need a bigger boat

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