Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Clapham Junction

I spotted the following clock tower as the train I was on pulled into Clapham Junction. The clock tower is part of the Debenhams departmental store in Clapham.

Debenhams Clock Tower
Debenhams Clock Tower (at 12 times zoom, through the train window!)

Clapham Junction
Clapham Junction railway station - one of the busiest stations in Europe

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

St Margaret's Church Sundials

These photos show the sundials on St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey. The dials were designed by Christopher St John Hume Daniel. It was overcast when I took the photos so the sundials haven't cast any shadows.

St Margaret's Church
East Facing Sundial

St Margaret's Church
East Facing Sundial (close up)

St Margaret's Church
North Facing Sundial

St Margaret's Church
North Facing Sundial (close up)

St Margaret's Church
West Facing Sundial

St Margaret's Church
West Facing Sundial (close up)

For more information about the church:
There is a Thames sundial trail that starts at St Margaret's Church:
More information about Christopher St John Hume Daniel:

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey was founded in the 600s! It has been used for the coronations of the British monarch since 1066 and has seen fourteen royal weddings. The next royal wedding will be on 29 April 2011 between Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

The Abbey has also seen the burial of seventeen monarchs and many many famous people. The clock makers George Graham and Thomas Tompion (considered the father of English Clock making) are also buried here in the centre part of the nave.

The Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a memorial stone here on 24th March 2006 to John Harrison, inventor of the marine chronometer. The inscription on the stone is:

JOHN ‘LONGITUDE’ HARRISON
CLOCKMAKER
1693 - 1776

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey with the Clock Tower (Big Ben) in the background.

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey Clock

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey Clock Tower

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey


Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

I couldn't resist posting a photo of my favourite Christmas present, a tin of Walkers chocolate mints in the shape of the Westminster Clock Tower (Big Ben).

Clock Tower
Many thanks to NaN for the chocolates (and other presents)!

Now to get busy eating the chocolates! Hope you have all had a great Christmas!

PS The clock face visible in the photo has a quartz clock with alarm.

Friday, 24 December 2010

The Great Clock of Westminster

The Great Clock of Westminster and Clock Tower or more commonly known as 'Big Ben' (which is actually the name of the bell in the clock) started ticking on 31 May 1859.

Big Ben
The Clock Tower

Big Ben
Clock face of the Great Clock of Westminster

Big Ben
Unusual view of 'Big Ben'

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Horse Guards

Horse Guards is another popular tourist attraction in London. It is a listed building on Whitehall, in Westminster. The building is guarded by troopers of the Household Cavalry. Trooping the Colour is performed here every year on the 2nd Saturday in June.

The clock tower was built in the 18th century by William Kent and John Vardy. When the original clock failed in 1768 it was replaced by a Thwaites & Reed high quality (superlative) clock which was the most accurate clock in London until Big Ben was built. This clock was Thwaites & Reed's earliest recorded commission.

On the clock face at 2 o'clock there is a black mark, which indicates the time that King Charles I was executed in January 1649.

Horse Gaurds Clock
Horse Guards Clock Tower

Horse Gaurds
Trooping the Colour is performed here every year on the Queen's birthday.

Horse Gaurds
Horse Guards guarded by troopers of the Household Cavalry. The mounted troopers (just visible in red) keep guard from 10am to 4pm.

Horse Guard Clock
Close-up of the Horse Guards clock showing the black mark at 2 o'clock

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is one of the main tourist attractions in London. At the centre of the square is Nelson's Column - a monument to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). The monument is surrounded by four lions and fountains.

Trafalgar Square Clocks
Trafalgar Square Lion (one of four): to the immediate right of the lion is a clock at 62-65 Trafalgar Square. A little further right is The Trafalgar Square Hotel clock.

Trafalgar Square Clocks
Trafalgar Square Fountain: the buildings visible here are (left to right): The National Gallery, St Martin In The Fields Church (blue clock dials), South Africa House.

Trafalgar Square Clocks
St Martin In The Fields Church clock

Trafalgar Square Clocks
The building to the left with a clock is 62-65 Trafalgar Square, and the building on the right is The Trafalgar Hotel.

Trafalgar Square Clocks
62-65 Trafalgar Square Clock

Trafalgar Square Clocks
The Trafalgar Hotel Clock

Trafalgar Square Clocks
Trafalgar Square: starting on the left is Nelson's column, next (behind the fountain) is the National Gallery, then a monument to Charles I on a horse (made by Le Sueur in 1633) followed by St Martin In The Fields church (with blue clock dials).


Trafalgar Square Clocks
A view of 'Big Ben' from Trafalgar Square

Note: The City of Westminster are planning to install a 6.5 meter clock at Trafalgar Square on 15th March 2011 to count down the last 500 days to the 2012 London Olympic games. The clock will be sponsored by Omega.



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Thursday, 2 December 2010

Edirne Clock

I was given the clock below as a present from friends (after admiring it hanging in their kitchen). The hand painted clock comes from Edirne in Turkey. Edirne was the capital city of the Ottoman Empire from 1365 to 1457, after-which Constantinople (now Istanbul) became the capital.

Edirne
Edirne Clock

Edirne is in western Turkey close to the borders of Bulgaria and Greece:


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More Information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edirne