Clock Face, St Helens

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Clock Face
Village
The Clock Face - geograph.org.uk - 28284.jpg
The Clock Face public house
Clock Face is located in Merseyside
Clock Face
Clock Face
Clock Face shown within Merseyside
OS grid reference SJ529912
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ST. HELENS
Postcode district WA9
Dialling code 01744
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Merseyside
53°24′56″N 2°42′35″W / 53.41554°N 2.7098°W / 53.41554; -2.7098Coordinates: 53°24′56″N 2°42′35″W / 53.41554°N 2.7098°W / 53.41554; -2.7098

Clock Face is a village and area of St. Helens, England, 5.6 km (3.5 mi) south of the town centre. It is a ward within the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens and forms part of the parish of Bold.

Historically a part of Lancashire, the village and area is so named because of a large clock face that adorned the Inn. The name was also adopted by a colliery in the area. The Clock Face public house, although not the original building, is built close to the original location and maintains the naming tradition.

Sport[edit]

Clock Face is home to the amateur rugby league side Clock Face Miners, originally established in 1921 as 'Clock Face Rangers'. The club colours are yellow and blue.

Industry[edit]

The area was an important coal mining village with three collieries in the vicinity, including Clock Face Colliery (which was closed in 1966),[1] Sutton Manor Colliery (which was closed in 1991),[2] and Parkside Colliery, which was closed in 1992, following a lengthy NUM-linked sit-in protest,[3] as the last deep mine in the Lancashire Coalfield.[4]

Clock Face Country Park is situated on the site of one of the former collieries. In the late 1990s, the 57-acre (230,000 m2) site was reclaimed by St Helens Council as a public open space. It contains developing woodlands, meadow areas and a fishing pond leased to a local angling club. The former mineral railway route has been reclaimed as a pathway to Sutton Manor Woodlands.[5]

Transportation[edit]

Clock Face was once served by the St Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway at Clock Face station on Gartons Lane. The area is currently served by Lea Green railway station on the northern route of the Liverpool to Manchester Line. Arriva North West operate bus services in Clock Face, routes 32/32A, 30 and 33 link the area to St Helens Hospital and the Town Centre. Other bus companies serving the area include Merseytravel's 140 bus route and Halton Transport's 17/17B bus routes. Arriva have since taken over some 17 bus routes to Widnes as part of a scheme to boost travel between both Widnes and St Helens.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ "The Lancashire Coalfields: Sutton Manor". Bernard Platt. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  3. ^ http://www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/Collection/ian/page_9.htm
  4. ^ "Meetings of Associations". The Modern Language Journal. 26 (3): 211–219. March 1942. JSTOR 317503. 
  5. ^ "Clock Face Country Park". Sutton Beauty. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 

External links[edit]

  • Sutton Beauty – A photographic appreciation of the Sutton district of St Helens which includes the Clock Face Country Park and Sutton Manor (Colliery) Woodlands