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Blackburn market's iconic clock is taken down

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn's iconic market clock is taken down Blackburn's iconic market clock is taken down

THE clock at Blackburn’s old market buildings has come down, not knowing if its time has run out.

The iconic timepiece was carefully removed from the structure as demolition work continued rapidly, but its future is uncertain.

Blackburn with Darwen Council regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: “We haven’t made any decision about the market clock as yet.”

The fast work of the diggers and ‘nibblers’ completing the knocking down of the three-day sales hall, means the latest stage of the redevelopment of the town centre is a step closer. The cleared site will see a temporary bus station rise in August.

Demolition of the remainder of the former market premises will then start, preparing the way for building a new £5million bus station in October.

Once that is completed, work on the £28million Cathedral Quarter will start, and the existing bus station will shut.

Meanwhile, a town centre road will be closed to allow for the removal of a pedestrian link bridge.

Ainsworth Street’s bus lane will close from 11pm on July 13, while workmen remove the link bridge. The work is expected to be completed by 7am the following morning.

Diversions for buses, taxis and emergency vehicles will be in place via Richmond Terrace, Victoria Street, Barbara Castle Way, Eanam and Salford and vice versa.

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5:26pm Thu 4 Jul 13

woolywords says...

"Diversions for buses, taxis and emergency vehicles will be in place via Richmond Terrace, Victoria Street, Barbara Castle Way, Eanam and Salford and vice versa." Reading that makes me think that I don't hold the monopoly on daft ideas, there is a someone, equally as barking...
Why not, reverse the direction of flow on Brown St, divert all the normal Ainsworth St traffic into Penny St?
Oh, and remove the signs saying that Penny St is cycles and buses only, as nobody takes a blind bit of notice, anyway and restore it to two way traffic.
This means traffic from Larkhill can use Penny St again. Traffic from Railway Rd going to Preston New Rd goes round into Penny St and up to the lights or turns into Brown St for the Town Hall bus stops then onwards.
Why is it that our town planners are making life so difficult for the motorists in Blackburn? We are trying to reduce urban pollution and not increase it, with constant stop-start driving..
"Diversions for buses, taxis and emergency vehicles will be in place via Richmond Terrace, Victoria Street, Barbara Castle Way, Eanam and Salford and vice versa." Reading that makes me think that I don't hold the monopoly on daft ideas, there is a someone, equally as barking... Why not, reverse the direction of flow on Brown St, divert all the normal Ainsworth St traffic into Penny St? Oh, and remove the signs saying that Penny St is cycles and buses only, as nobody takes a blind bit of notice, anyway and restore it to two way traffic. This means traffic from Larkhill can use Penny St again. Traffic from Railway Rd going to Preston New Rd goes round into Penny St and up to the lights or turns into Brown St for the Town Hall bus stops then onwards. Why is it that our town planners are making life so difficult for the motorists in Blackburn? We are trying to reduce urban pollution and not increase it, with constant stop-start driving.. woolywords
  • Score: 3

5:48pm Thu 4 Jul 13

woolywords says...

As for the clock, why not lend it to The Mall, until a suitable place can be found for it, as I doubt that it will tolerate being outdoors. Suspended on a beam, behind the lift, in that atrium, is an eye-catching place for it, I would have thought.
Sadly the borough owns so few public building now that I'm at a loss as to where it could be permanently homed and it is, such a lovely crafted item, that it would be a real shame to see it go for scrap or be sold off. However, I did consider having it placed in a perspex bell jar on Eanam roundabout but the costs would be prohibitive in today's austere times.

Older persons might remember going North, up the old A6 towards Penrith and as you passed the Jungle Cafe, on the left, was the Leyland clock. It's now hanging in the middle of Kendal, after nobody could be found to give it an home.
As for the clock, why not lend it to The Mall, until a suitable place can be found for it, as I doubt that it will tolerate being outdoors. Suspended on a beam, behind the lift, in that atrium, is an eye-catching place for it, I would have thought. Sadly the borough owns so few public building now that I'm at a loss as to where it could be permanently homed and it is, such a lovely crafted item, that it would be a real shame to see it go for scrap or be sold off. However, I did consider having it placed in a perspex bell jar on Eanam roundabout but the costs would be prohibitive in today's austere times. Older persons might remember going North, up the old A6 towards Penrith and as you passed the Jungle Cafe, on the left, was the Leyland clock. It's now hanging in the middle of Kendal, after nobody could be found to give it an home. woolywords
  • Score: 2

11:15pm Thu 4 Jul 13

tajmahalovertheoldmarket says...

Hardly "iconic". I can't say I noticed it at all during my 28 years in Blackburn. What happened to the clock that was in the previous market?
Hardly "iconic". I can't say I noticed it at all during my 28 years in Blackburn. What happened to the clock that was in the previous market? tajmahalovertheoldmarket
  • Score: -2

6:44am Fri 5 Jul 13

Mon says...

Agree about Brown St and Penny St. Opening them both up to traffic again will make it much easier to access the town and take pressure off Barbara Castle Way. It's the same with the bus lane on Barton St. With the amount of time it is used, they might as well open it up to all traffic running in the direction from King Georges Hall and make it easier for everybody, instead of having to go all the way around BC Way and Montague St. Crazy.
Agree about Brown St and Penny St. Opening them both up to traffic again will make it much easier to access the town and take pressure off Barbara Castle Way. It's the same with the bus lane on Barton St. With the amount of time it is used, they might as well open it up to all traffic running in the direction from King Georges Hall and make it easier for everybody, instead of having to go all the way around BC Way and Montague St. Crazy. Mon
  • Score: 1

11:52am Fri 5 Jul 13

noddy57 says...

the clock is hardly iconic,far too much plastic,,,,now if you want to call the original old market clock iconic then that would be more fitting wouldn,t you say, words like this are overused and are not applicable most of the time,,,,and while l,m at it why do we say listen up? and awesome, and no worries,,lets keep our own language and stop pinching stuff from the yanks and aussies,,,it really does get on my nerves,
the clock is hardly iconic,far too much plastic,,,,now if you want to call the original old market clock iconic then that would be more fitting wouldn,t you say, words like this are overused and are not applicable most of the time,,,,and while l,m at it why do we say listen up? and awesome, and no worries,,lets keep our own language and stop pinching stuff from the yanks and aussies,,,it really does get on my nerves, noddy57
  • Score: -1

4:33pm Fri 5 Jul 13

Ex-Darrener says...

Iconic? I was born and schooled and have worked in Blackburn and walked through the market on most visits back to the town centre and yet I never even noticed a clock in the Ainsworth Street/Penny Street market. Now, the original market clock on King William Street was iconic but the modernisers-for-mode
rnising's-sake of the 1960s demolished that without such much as a by your leave. I wonder if by chance got the two market clocks have been confused in this write-up.
Iconic? I was born and schooled and have worked in Blackburn and walked through the market on most visits back to the town centre and yet I never even noticed a clock in the Ainsworth Street/Penny Street market. Now, the original market clock on King William Street was iconic but the modernisers-for-mode rnising's-sake of the 1960s demolished that without such much as a by your leave. I wonder if by chance got the two market clocks have been confused in this write-up. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: -1

9:52pm Wed 10 Jul 13

shirtbox2003 says...

let me get this right.a new bus station to be built at £5 million ,demolition of a perfectly good one connected to the station and then £28 million to be spent on what is termed the cathederal quarter,on what will it be spent on I ask.answers please.
let me get this right.a new bus station to be built at £5 million ,demolition of a perfectly good one connected to the station and then £28 million to be spent on what is termed the cathederal quarter,on what will it be spent on I ask.answers please. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 0

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