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Stopped Clocks is a public collaborative project which exists to first document all the stopped clocks in the UK, with the aim being to restore those we can to working order.

Anyone can help, so please send us any information on stopped clocks in your area and by all means post here at the blog.

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I've found a stopped clock in my area, now what?

First things first! Grab a camera and take some good photos of the stopped clock. Take note of the exact address as best you can, as well as any other details such as the name of the building/church/organisation that the clock is on, these details are all really useful.

How do I post to the site?

Even if you're not a member of the site yet you can still post easily via email, just send your pictures in with as much detail as possible to:

You can also send posts in via MMS (texting pictures from your cameraphone) while you're out and about. Just send in to 07786201241 with the letters stpd at the start of the message.

If you are a member of the site (you need to join Moblog here and then click 'jon group' at ) you will also be able to post directly via the browser which is quite a bit easier and has more features. By joining the site you then also are able to edit your posts and comments and generally have more control.

How do I add images to the map?

Ideally you will do this when you email the images in, you can do this easily by including the location in the following format:

map="number street,city,united kingdom"
or if you know the postcode, just put:

If you are a member of the site you will be able to add posts to the map easily via the web browser.

What are tags and why are they important?

Tags are words which succinctly describe the post you have made. These words are indexed by the site and are often the easiest way to find posts by their location, or their type. The information relative to the stopped clock such as the street it's on, the city, the name of the building etc should all be included in the tags you add. You can tag posts by including the following in your email or other posting method:


How do I find out if there are stopped clocks in my area?

You can do a search from the site (see the 'search' field in the sidebar. Posts have been tagged by location as far as possible, so searching for Birmingham, or Great Yarmouth or London etc will bring up any clocks in your area.

Have you restored any stopped clocks to working order?

Not yet, at the moment we are in the first stages of the project where we are documenting all of the stopped clocks we can find in the UK. We hope to obtain funding from the UK Heritage fund which would then allow us to focus more on the project, eventually then being a focal point of actvity dedicated to the restoration of stopped clocks.

Why are you doing this?

We don't like seeing stopped clocks, so we hope that one day we can get them fixed. More than that, stopped clocks are immensely sad things, they represent a disconnect with our past and our heritage so by drawing attention to them we hope that it makes people think about this, and pitch in to help.

Posted by Alfie

14th Sep 2008, 18:15  

margaret says:

I dont have a mobile phone. I have two stopped clocks, taken pix with digi camera. how do I get them to you?

23rd Dec 2008, 09:21

Anonymous says:

Hi Margaret,

I just emailed all the details you should need, let me know how you get on.

23rd Dec 2008, 09:24

wendy(volvella-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

I believe a law exists requiring all public clocks to display the correct time.

19th Jan 2009, 18:14

Alfie says:

Hi Wendy, unforunately that is not the case, a minister once did in fact *try* to get this law enacted, but failed. There is however a Town and Police Clauses Act which requires stopped clocks to display the 12 O Clock where the clock isn't working.

19th Jan 2009, 18:23

Gaius(glisses100-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

Hi Alfie

Are you a 'clockie' like myself, or is it more from the history point of view that you are doing all this? Well done whatever it is. I'm sure at the last meeting of AHS (Antiquarian Horological Society) our chairman told us about your site and have only just visited it after reading about it in Metro newspaper.

I found it interesting re the Act re clock hands at 12 and similarly thought there was a law against a stopped clock.

You may wish to write to Ian Hunter at CLOCKS magazine which many subscribe to which comes out once a month and/or place an ad in the magazine.

Indeed we had a talk from a guy from Carlisle way that spoke to the AHS about turret clocks and the cost involved in getting them going again.

All the best with the project.

20th Jan 2009, 19:15

thefrostyman says:

Just joined the site and I am on my way round the area to find as many stopped clocks as I can. Watch this space!!

3rd May 2011, 16:06