Monthly Archives: July 2020

The sundial at Church of St. Margaret

In another of those “I was here and did not know it” epiphanies, this passing shot of the blue sundials are on the tower of the Church of St. Margaret, previously where the House of Commons worshipped on special holidays.  … Continue reading

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My favorite London clock: Daily Telegraph’s “stunning jewel-toned” Art Deco

The former home of the London Daily Telegraph is a 1928 Art Deco building of Portland stone.  It features an Art Deco clock added in 1930.  The building was designed by Elcock C. Sutcliffe with Thomas Tait.   This was my … Continue reading

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Westminster Arms, AKA Red Lion and Mossay & Company

After our visit to Westminster Abbey, we took a break at Westminster Arms.  I felt the need to try to British room temperature beer or ale, and a fish and chips.  It is always good when visiting to try something … Continue reading

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Westminster Abbey’s Clock Tower

Westminster Abbey’s current building was begun by Henry III in 1245.  The Gothic architecture was the work of master masons Henry of Reyns, John of Glucester, and Robert of Beverley.  The towers were unfinished for centuries. Although the tower did … Continue reading

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St. Peters Eaton Square

Along the route from Victoria Station to Buckingham Palace sits St. Peters in Eaton Square.  The doors are bright red.  It is listed as a grade II building by Historic England, who report this building of yellow stock brick, ashlar, … Continue reading

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Victoria Station Clocks

This letter to the editor appeared in The Morning Post, September 11, 1890.  Marston St. Lawrence, presumably the home of Mr. One Who Would Like to be Punctual, is a village a couple of hours northwest of London.  It would seem from … Continue reading

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Clock on the St. James Palace Gatehouse

St. James Palace was the residence of Kings and Queens of England for over 300 years, until Queen Victoria’s reign. The palace itself, built between 1531-1536 by Henry VIII, is no longer used as the reigning sovereign’s home, but contains … Continue reading

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A meandering trail to track a clock and its host building, or: How to spend 10 1/2 hours researching one building

Nota bene:  If 10 1/2 hours were not enough, I went back to the drawing board and discovered the Cross Street Building after all, by locating an additional newspaper item.  See that information further down in the discussion. Buckle your … Continue reading

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Something more than a clock: Good works

St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields is an English Anglican Church at Duncannon Street and Charing Cross Road near the corner of Trafalgar Square.  Originally, the church was indeed surrounded by fields, thus the name.  In 1721, the former building was demolished and the … Continue reading

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I have this thing for clocks: County Fire Office

The County Fire Office is at the end of Regent Street, adjacent to Piccadilly Circus intersection and on the corner of Glasshouse Street.  According to Historic England, it was completed in 1924 by Ernest Newton as part of the “grandiose rebuilding” … Continue reading

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