The Civic Hall Clocks - Turtles?

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LS1
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I've come up with a bit of a conundrum about the two clocks on the side of the Civic Hall. Last September on Heritage day I did the tour of the building which was pretty enthralling, then afterwards the guide mentioned the clocks on each side. I have never noticed this in all my life in Leeds, walking past so often, but in each of the four corners of the clock face in gold are four turtles! All face inwards I think and are on all sides, all four corners.Totally stumped by this. No-one seems to know, not even in any books about construction, design or anything. Can anyone step up and solve this intriging mystery???

farbank
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I was given the reason that the tortoises [turtles to the yanks], were just a 'play' on the tortoise and the hare fable. That time is just time. And there's no hurry. You'll get there in the end. etc..

munki
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Yeah, that's what I often think when I am walking to work with the council. haha.
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LS1
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munki wrote: Yeah, that's what I often think when I am walking to work with the council. haha. Hmmm, sounds very plausable, just can't help but thinking that there may be more to it. Who knows... maybe someone out there!

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Re: The Civic Hall Clocks - Turtles?

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Approximately one million people filled the City streets which had been transformed into avenues filled with flowers to greet the King and queen as they made a state visit to Leeds to open the Civic Hall in 1933. it seems that the Queen got a piece of grit under her eye lid which she did not let this interfere with the ceremony though she was in considerable pain. A surgeon was summoned from the Leeds Infirmary and after a 45 minute delay the Royal Party left for Harewood House. and the Queen
had completely recovered by the following day.

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Re: The Civic Hall Clocks - Turtles?

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There were a few stories concerning the Tortoises (Turtles ) on the Civic Hall (Potts) clocks but it seems they were added sometime later named by the craftsmen after an apprentice who was a slow worker and also had no neck, hence the nickname. Sounds doubtful but true.

The ceremonial key that was used by the King and Queen to officially open the Hall in 1933 went missing
and then reappeared in New Zealand in 1993 and was sent back to the U.K.

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