Characters from Sir Walter Scott's novel strike the quarter hours in Thornton's Arcade.
The Ivanhoe Clock in Leeds Thornton's Arcade features moving figures, from the 19th century novel by Sir Walter Scott, which strike the quarter hours with their fists
The Ivanhoe Clock, at one end of Thornton's Arcade, has long been one of it's main attractions. The clock mechanism was made by William Potts and Sons of Leeds, a very well known maker of public clocks and time keeping mechanisms still sought after by antique collectors.
Robin Hood, Richard the Lion-Hearted, Friar Tuck and Gurth the Swineherd, all characters in the 19th century novel Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, feature on the clock. Each character, in turn, marks the quarter hour by striking a large bell with his fists. The life-sized figures were sculpted by Leeds artist John Wormald Appleyard.
The other end of Thornton's Arcade features the large head of a woman with long curling hair and a dramatic hat. She is modeled after a painting of the Duchess of Devonshire by Gainsborough.