Clocks of Leeds is a project by BML Creative showcasing some of the best clocks in our city. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, there are some unique and stunning timepieces just waiting to be found.
Take to the streets without the distraction of a smartphone and you’ll see any number of beautiful clocks, large and small. Home to the famous Potts of Leeds, the area has a legacy in timekeeping that we should all embrace.
Looming over the train tracks from the tight streets around Leeds Station, this green-capped clock is often overlooked. The clock sits on the tower of Trinity shopping centre’s car park at the bend on New Station Street and is one of Leeds’ examples of Art Deco.
The Trinity Leeds print is available to buy at the BML shop.
Sitting at the ‘old’ end of Wellington Street, this clock hangs discreetly from Wellington House and greets the staff of West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Towering over The Headrow, Leeds Town Hall was designed by Yorkshire-born architect Cuthbert Brodrick.
The Town Hall underwent several changes throughout construction, most notably the addition of the distinctive clock tower. The tower – now a symbol of Leeds – was not part of Broderick’s initial designs but was controversially added to give the building aesthetic appeal as well as practical use.
The less said about this one, the better!
Sitting at the bus entrance to the station, at least this beige beauty lets visitors know they’ve arrived.
When the Gaumont Cinema (now the O2 Academy, on Cookridge Street) closed it’s doors for the final time, the general manager had the foresight to save it’s iconic clock.
Since the 1950s, the art deco timepiece has taken pride of place to the right of the screen in the Hyde Park Picture House auditorium.
When City Markets replaced the covered market on Kirkstall in 1904, this clock by Potts of Leeds was the centrepiece of the Market Hall.
By 1912 the market was so busy that a new entrance was needed. The clock had to move and was taken to Oakwood, where it still stands today.
The Oakwood Clock print is available to buy at the BML shop.
Printing of the Yorkshire Post was moved in 2012 from Leeds to Sheffield. When demolition of the Wellington Street facility began, all assumed that the iconic tower would go with it.
In April 2014, one month into the demolition of the main building, it was announced that the tower would be spared. The concrete landmark still stands, welcoming people to Leeds with the digital time and temperature display as it has for over 40 years.
The Yorkshire Post Tower print is available to buy at the BML shop.
The towering campanile which rises from the grade II listed Parkinson Building is one of Leeds’ most recognisable landmarks.
Completed in 1951, the Art Deco university building stands prominently to the north of the City and forms the backdrop of the impressive landscape from our studio window.
The Parkinson Building print is available to buy at the BML shop.
Leeds Civic Hall, opened in 1933 by King George V, was designed by Vincent Harris in a competition held in 1926. The Grade II listed building features two huge gilded clocks.
Sitting on the east and west sides of the building, each clock sit on a massive supporting frame. The ornate faces are all surrounded by turtles.
The Millennium Square print is available to buy at the BML shop.
To celebrate the centenary of Marks & Spencer, who were founded in Leeds in 1884, a clock was erected within the Market Hall of City Markets.
In 2013 Marks & Spencer returned to Kirkgate Market, opening a stall in the place where the famous brand first started.
The Kirkgate Market print is available to buy at the BML shop.
Founded in 2007 by David and Natalie Holloway, BML is a brand, design and digital studio built on a positive code. We’re proud of our unique studio and this clock has been hanging by the bookshelf for as long as we’ve been based in the Shine Business Centre.