THE hands of time are continuing to turn at a clock and watch venture after a successful relocation.

It has been quite a two-year period for Mr George’s Museum of Time, which was ever present on Haltwhistle’s main street for seven years, before moving to Haydon Bridge early in 2019.

The business, owned by horologist Diana Bell, had to find new premises after the extensive building it previously rented was put on the market.

Not to be defeated, Diana moved her offering into the former post office on Ratcliffe Road in Haydon Bridge.

It may have downsized into smaller premises, but the business continues to provide an engaging history of clocks, watches, and the wider horological world.

And crucially, there’s a dedicated workshop where Diana offers mechanical repairs for everything from grandfather clocks to vintage and modern watches.

Diana, who is supported by her son James, and her daughters Hannah, Deborah and Jayne, said: “We’re loving it here in Haydon Bridge. It’s a great, central location, and it has proved to be very popular.

“We were happy at Haltwhistle, but we had to move, and we’ve become very much part of village life here.

“We’ve lived in Haydon Bridge for a number of years now, and we know the village and the people well.”

The Museum of Time has rallied round in support of the community, offering hearing aid batteries as well as clocks and watches, batteries, straps, and other related accessories, as well as repairs.

The museum is based on a series of children’s stories written by Diana about her father, who was a clock and watch repairer in North Tyneside.

While its interactive educational activities for children have been temporarily curtailed due to the pandemic, visitors can look at exhibits from throughout the years, including a fascinating collection of cuckoo clocks. The business also sells gifts and novelty items.

The old post office closed over 15 years ago, when the service moved into the neighbouring Co-op store.

Village postmaster Tony Petts continued to live on the premises, and used the shop floor as an art studio.

Following his death in 2013, Diana bought the property for use as her family home. In March 2019, she was given the go-ahead to move her venture into the old shop and sorting office.

For more information about what’s on offer at the museum and shop, visit or explore the Mr George’s Museum of Time page on Facebook.