‘Clock’ this iconic sepia scene

CORNER SHOP: Nelson's famous "Clock-face", 1930s. (S)
CORNER SHOP: Nelson's famous "Clock-face", 1930s. (S)

This week we have a rare postcard indeed to gaze upon – a little corner of Nelson that has, now sadly, been lost forever.

Yes, seen here on a 1930s sepia scene is Nelson’s famous “Clock-face” buildings, which stood for many decades between Rakeshouse Road and Lee Road, opposite the bottom of 
Walton Lane.

Seen here (on the left) is the well-known to all Nelsoners Pillings, a sweets and tobacconist’s corner shop with its superb enamel signs for Gold Flake and Three Castles cigarettes.

Further along the row is Rushton’s, the clockmaker which began its business in Nelson in the Victorian era.

The “Clock-face” name comes from the giant outdoor clock seen on the right between the upper-storey windows of Rushton’s .

Sadly within a few years of the issue of this historic postcard this iconic row was bulldozed to the ground.

PS. In November, 1979, when I was lecturing at the Silverman Hall, a gent in the audience told me Mr Rushton’s huge clock had been rescued and was in a conservatory in Walton Lane.