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Monday, 12 May 2014

CLOCKS in London - not just for telling the time.

Clocks can be interesting and not just for time telling. Here are a few of my favourite clocks...
 Bracken House astronomical clock near St. Paul's cathedral. Made in 1955 and named after Bernard Bracken a former politician. But do you recognise the face in the sun? It's none other than Winston Churchill who was a close friend of Bracken.

And when your time is up, an undertaker's clock in Battersea.

 This is the clock at Somerset House. Built in 1776, it was a tax office among other things.

This four faced clock hangs in the Grand Avenue of Smithfield market. The building dates from 1868 and was designed by City architect Horace Jones.

This St. Giles International English language school clock is on Southampton Row, Bloomsbury.

The 2012 Olympics clock in Trafalgar Square, shown here in 2011, one year to go at that point in time, I hate that expression but it seemed appropriate.

 The scaly fish supported clock is in Adam Court, EC2 near Bank.

 A token sun dial found in Amen Court, near St. Paul's cathedral. I'm not keen on sun dials.

This unusual clock with birds is in Barnes Wetlands centre. 

Spoon and forks decorated clock in a cafe in Earlsfield, Wandsworth.

 This is a tube clock and it's at Clapham North tube station. The clock dates from 1900 when the station was opened.

The Art Deco clock from 1928 on the Daily Telegraph building in Fleet Street.

Fortnum and Mason's elaborate clock. Built in 1964 so not quite as old as the store which was founded in 1707. The clock weighs four tons. Every hour figures of Mr. Fortnum and Mr. Mason come out and bow to each other.

 This clock is quite special because it's one of the few clocks showing the London Underground logo for numbers and it is at Gants Hill tube station.

 This is the Shepherd Gate Clock at Greenwich Royal Observatory and is arguably the world's most important clock as it is controlled by the GMT clock. The clock was constructed in 1852 by Charles Shepherd.

 The clock face here is the largest one in London and it's on the Shell Mex House. The building is Art Deco style and was completed in 1931. It's 7.6m in diameter.

 This is a self winding clock made by The Self Winding Clock Company of New York. It's in Tooting Broadway tube station but they can be found in other tube stations. The clock winding mechanism is powered by electricity. The clock in Grand Central Terminal is made by the same company who made clocks between 1886 until 1970.
This is another token sundial that's on St. Katharine's Way near to Tower Bridge. It was built by Wendy Taylor in the 1970's.

  This is clock is part of the memorial to the dead of World War One who used to work at Waterloo Station.
This clock is frozen at 10.40 this is the time that a Zeppelin dropped a bomb on The Dolphin pub in Holborn during World War One.

And finally I suppose it has to be Big Ben in the Elizabeth Tower in the Houses of Parliament. The clock was designed by Augustus Pugin but the working part of the clock was designed by Edmund Beckett Denison and George Airy. The clock was built by Edward John Dent, who died during its construction and the work was passed on to his stepson Frederick Dent. 
Must go..tempus fugit.