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Mark’s History: The famous clock faces of Pudsey’s William Potts

In 1833 William Potts had the good sense to move to Pudsey and set up business, writes Mark Stevenson.

There are around 1,600 Potts clocks still ticking around. One of them is in the Town Hall.

Dent of London was chosen to make the Town Hall clock but in 1859 a year after Queen Victoria had opened the Town Hall the clock wasn’t even in Leeds.

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Inside Yeadon Town Hall’s Potts clock

From beginning to end the Dent clock was one cock-up after another.

When it was eventually installed in 1860 it did not work properly.

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A William Potts clock in Burley. Photo: Mark Stevenson

William Potts was asked if he could sort it out and he had to repair and alter the work so much that it basically became a Potts clock.

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