Last Sunday, while doing a tour or Wren City churches, I was struck by the number of public clocks there were, some rather beautiful, others simply functional. Many churches have a clock integrated with the tower and others which do not, often have one attached to the side.
While I was thinking about clocks, coincidentally there was a letter in last Thursday’s Telegraph complaining about how few of our city’s clocks actually display the correct time. Certainly, this picture I took of a clock in Threadneedle Street was about one and a half hours slow, although I didn’t tarry to establish whether it was running at all.
Whom to contact to find out more about London’s public clocks? The British Horological Institute suggested Chris McKay, who has just published a book on Big Ben. Chris has a very useful web site here, and has agreed to write us something about the history of London’s public clocks in the near future.
Update: A reader, via Twitter, has brought our attention to a web site for logging stopped clocks, here.
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