Wednesday, 24 April 2013

O is for Old Father Time

Old Father Time with scythe and bell above Winter's on Little Underbank. A former shop building constructed in the late 19th century was remodelled in the 1900s and again in the 1990s. The upper floors were decorated with three semi-circular headed niches, each with a pedimented canopy, hanging bell and a shaped plinth supporting a painted figure, to the left a soldier, to the centre Father Time, and to the right a sailor, each connected to the bell. A projecting illuminated square clock-face also hangs above the doorway.

Here is the view from the top of St Petersgate Bridge.

Jacob Winter, a successful Jewish businessman, established a watch and clock repair business here at 23 Little Underbank in around 1890, expanding into #25 in the early 1900s, when the frontage was remodelled. The shop front included a patent mechanism to lower the entire display into the basement, for security. The clock has been restored and re-built on several occasions due to traffic damage. The jewellers closed in the 1980s and the premises have since been in use as a bar.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.


  1. That is great! You'd never see anything like it here, for sure, though.

    abcw team

  2. that is sooo quaint!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Fascinating post and photography ~ Great for O ^_^

  4. What interesting stuff! I wonder if it could still be lowered to the basement...

  5. That is really a cool building. Love Father Time. Glad the building is still in use.

  6. Such an interesting building facade!

  7. This Saturday 22nd June. Little Underbank will be holding its first Summer Festival with food and craft stalls music and dance 10am -10pm. The whole street will be filled with chatter and laughter. Do come along if you can make it