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ArtistMaker: "MacFARLANE of Glasgow"
TitleOfWork: 'Hastings Clock'
DescriptionOfPhoto: view of clock
DateOfCreation: 1912
Dimensions: Height: c. 8 m; Base: 180 x 180 cm
Medium: cast metal; clock mechanism
Location: Walker Place
AtoZReference: p.79 2E
Street: Walker Place
TownOrVillage: Rotherham
AreaInTown: Town Centre
MetropolitanBorough: Rotherham
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: r020b
Listed II

Location: Walker Place, Rotherham Town Centre. It was removed from its original location in Effingham Square in 1963, when the whole area was redeveloped. At one stage it was proposed to relocate it away from the town centre but after a public outcry in the local press it was restored and resited some 20 metres away from its original location in 1969.

Description: An ornate clock with faces on all four sides. This is supported by a quatrefoil column which has a street light suspended from each side. The whole is mounted on an ornate octagonal base; 180 cm in diameter. This has two small drinking troughs suspended at its sides and a large one on legs attached to the front. These were originally used by horses, but have been converted to planters. The clock is painted a pale blue (similar to that used for Hilary Cartmel's nearby bus station screens) with decorative details picked out in gold.

Inscriptions: On the front of the base:
on the side:

Commission: Donated by James Hastings, a local businessman who owned a furniture store in the town centre. The clock is a duplicate of one in Douglas, Isle of Man. The clock mechanism was made by John Mason of High Street, Rotherham.
The Council accepted his offer of a clock on November 16th, 1911 and it was unveiled on June 20th, 1930. When it was resited James Hastings' grandson attended the unveiling ceremony on Sunday October 12th, 1969.

Comment: Items in the local press at the time of its restoration made a lot of favourable comment on the change of colour from an previously unpopular green.

References: 'Listed Buildings, Rotherham Town Centre' p.64 Dept of the Environment.

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