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Gilded timepiece

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Northern Goldsmith, Newcastle

Northern Goldsmiths

This impressive building on the corner of  Blackett Street and Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, was commissioned by Thomas Cooke who engaged a young architect, James Cackett, to “design a new building of elegant proportions”. Northern Goldsmiths was started in 1892 by Thomas Cooke, a Northumbrian worthy, and has grown into one of the major jewellery groups in Britain.
In 1932 the Company installed the golden clocks at the Blackett Street and Westgate Road shops, each of them finished in 24ct gold leaf, they are over fourteen and a half feet in height and weigh one and a half tons. Each clock is surmounted by a “life size” golden lady, based on the figure of Venus, whose outstretched arms symbolise progress. The clock outside the Blackett Street branch soon became a recognised meeting place in the city centre, in a tradition that dates back to World War II, when servicemen and their sweethearts met there. It still remains a landmark in Newcastle today.

This has been cropped from a larger image and selectively coloured in Photoshop.

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Camera details: Pentax K100D, 40 mm lens, /45 second, f6.7, iso 200


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Written by curly

March 11, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. You are amazing, Curly! This is sooo gorgeous! Everything about it is perfect!

    And thanks again for the link!


    March 11, 2009 at 1:47 am

  2. You ain’t seen nothing yet, I haven’t reached the best parts of that shoot.


    March 11, 2009 at 10:21 am

  3. Brilliant composition! Well done!


    March 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm

  4. It is so beautiful. Amazing.

    Bill B.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:58 pm

  5. Ah, in my youth, long gone, many the bloke – I looked at under the clock waiting and did not bother. Naughty of me, but then that’s youth and you learn. Mind some of them I did meet up with.


    Mrs K

    March 13, 2009 at 6:40 pm

  6. It almost looks like the clock has been stuck onto the front of the building. But it really looks like that!

    Newcastle is all the more beautiful when you remember to look up.


    March 20, 2009 at 9:55 am

  7. love this photo..would love it blown up and framed..


    April 16, 2009 at 8:21 am

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