Our Potts clock

For clock afficionados, you may be interested to know that our tower clock was made by W. M. Potts & Sons, well-know clock-makers of Leeds during the 19th Century.

The clock at Ilkley was William Potts first major commission, in 1847. He won the order after close questioning by the amateur horologist Edmund Beckett Denison (later Lord Grimthorpe), who had been brought in to advise the Rev John Snowdon. The clock survives almost in its original form, even though the dial fell from the tower in 1947 (presumably it had a life expectancy of one century).

It now has a copper dial, still with the hands fitted by William Potts. The original dial is set into the concrete paved area adjacent to the tower.