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PostedCOLON Thu 01 Nov, 2012 3:38 pm
by RuthieRuthie
Hello all!

I have been hunting high and low for the answer to this but maybe someone on here may be able to help.

Does anybody know how long the clock at the old Alf Cooke Printworks in Hunslet Road has not been working? Has it been decades, or just years?

Thanks in advance!


PostedCOLON Thu 01 Nov, 2012 6:30 pm
by anthonydna
Well if you look on Google streetview I would say one stopped at 9.45 and the other around 3.40. You're welcome.

PostedCOLON Thu 01 Nov, 2012 7:00 pm
by Johnny39
anthonydna wrote:
Well if you look on Google streetview I would say one stopped at 9.45 and the other around 3.40. You're welcome.


I think the question is in roughly what year.

PostedCOLON Fri 02 Nov, 2012 10:48 am
by RuthieRuthie
Johnny39 wrote:
anthonydna wrote:
Well if you look on Google streetview I would say one stopped at 9.45 and the other around 3.40. You're welcome.


I think the question is in roughly what year.


*headdesk* Yes, I meant roughly what year / decade it stopped, not what time ...

PostedCOLON Fri 02 Nov, 2012 11:19 am
by Si
anthonydna wrote:
Well if you look on Google streetview I would say one stopped at 9.45 and the other around 3.40. You're welcome.

Brilliant!!! Regular SmileyRegular SmileyRegular Smiley The "you're welcome" bit made me fall of me chair.

PostedCOLON Fri 02 Nov, 2012 11:52 am
by mhoulden
Looks like it isn't stopped any more: http://www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk/index.php/1707/principal-restarts-clock-on-printworks-development/

According to http://companycheck.co.uk/company/02517393 Alf Cooke Ltd was dissolved around 1991-2 but I'm not sure when the printworks ceased operations. Presumably the clock stopped when they abandoned the place and switched off non-essential power. I cycle past it quite a bit and it's good to have something to bring some life back into the area. According to http://www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk/index.php/about/property-strategy/printworks-campus there will be various shops and restaurants on the site, and presumably evening classes as well, so hopefully it will attract more than just ladies of the night in the evenings. Might even have demand to reopen the Mulberry pub...

PostedCOLON Sat 03 Nov, 2012 6:16 pm
by raveydavey
mhoulden wrote:
Looks like it isn't stopped any more: http://www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk/index.php/1707/principal-restarts-clock-on-printworks-development/

According to http://companycheck.co.uk/company/02517393 Alf Cooke Ltd was dissolved around 1991-2 but I'm not sure when the printworks ceased operations. Presumably the clock stopped when they abandoned the place and switched off non-essential power. I cycle past it quite a bit and it's good to have something to bring some life back into the area. According to http://www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk/index.php/about/property-strategy/printworks-campus there will be various shops and restaurants on the site, and presumably evening classes as well, so hopefully it will attract more than just ladies of the night in the evenings. Might even have demand to reopen the Mulberry pub...


It's good news for the area - who knows, I might even be persuaded to take up an evening class or two at this new site. Other campuses (campii?) were always too much trouble to get to for the stuff I was interested in...

The only fly in the ointment seems to be parking - precious little on site and the streets around it are already swamped with city centre workers taking advantage of the (in places) free all day parking...

Re: Clock on Alf Cooke Printworks, Hunslet Road

PostedCOLON Fri 29 Jan, 2016 10:55 pm
by csd4t
I was a maintenance engineer at Alf Cooke from 1979 to 1987. It became Bemrose Cartons then Bonar Cooke Cartons then just Bonar Cartons. We often had to go up into the clock to correct the time. Inside it is one of the most ornate of buildings with the Alf Cooke logo (crown with an arrow) cast into every pillar. It was the only purpose built print company in the country and had a complete glass roof to aid the printers. I may have some pictures of the inside i'll try to dig out. Happy days and good memories.

Re: Clock on Alf Cooke Printworks, Hunslet Road

PostedCOLON Sat 30 Jan, 2016 9:34 am
by sparky415
csd4t wroteColonI was a maintenance engineer at Alf Cooke from 1979 to 1987. It became Bemrose Cartons then Bonar Cooke Cartons then just Bonar Cartons. We often had to go up into the clock to correct the time. Inside it is one of the most ornate of buildings with the Alf Cooke logo (crown with an arrow) cast into every pillar. It was the only purpose built print company in the country and had a complete glass roof to aid the printers. I may have some pictures of the inside i'll try to dig out. Happy days and good memories.

i would love to see those piccys ;)

Re: Clock on Alf Cooke Printworks, Hunslet Road

PostedCOLON Sun 21 Feb, 2016 4:25 am
by mhoulden
There's a load of photos of the 2013 rebuilding on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PrintworksLeeds/photos_stream. I think they're public so you don't need an account to see them.