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 his letter that he was frequently in London–possibly without his watch unless he was just interested in the welfare of the absent-minded or watchless fellow travelers.  In only a couple of years, his request would be granted.DSC_1191.NEFThe Little Ben Clock was designed as a cast iron miniature of the Big Ben clock tower, erected by the Gillett and Johnston company of clockmakers and bellmakers.  It is located at the Victoria Street and Vauxhall Bridge road intersection near the station.  It was removed in 1964 and restored and re-erected in 1981.  It was removed again in 2012 to upgrade the Victoria Station and reinstalled in 2016.

Victoria Station was initially two separate railway lines with competing stations, and apparently according to the Encylopaedia Brittannica and Network Rail History of London Victoria Station not much money had been spent on the stations in the beginning.  The two stations combined into one unit when the two railways merged.  In 1892, discussion began regarding enlarging the Victoria Station, but it was not until 1899 that a proposal was brought to the council.  The London Brighton and South Coast Railway bought the Grosvenor Hotel, next door  and extended it to form the new frontage of the enlarged station.Little Ben and Victoria Station-2Sir Charles Morgan designed and built the red brick station, adorned with a large clock set in a scroll, “giving it an elaborate Edwardian Baroque style to complement the Grosvenor Hotel” (Network Rail History of London Victoria Station).  The new station opened in 1908. 


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14 Responses to Victoria Station Clocks

  1. I wonder if John saw this clock. He used Victoria Station, because his office was in walking distance of it.


    • Suzassippi says:

      I would think he would have. On the other hand, if he never forgot his watch, or better yet, had a watch, then he might not have needed to look for the time. 🙂


      • John has a strange relationship with time. He nearly always knows what time it is without looking at a clock or his phone. We walk to the creek most days. At any point, if I wonder aloud what time it is, he will say what he thinks it is. Usually he is within one or two minutes of the correct time! That’s only covering one hour, but I’ve heard him do the same thing when we’ve been away from the house for several hours. I find it uncanny, but he is used to it.


  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    How nice of this punctual man to request clocks. There are times here in America that I wished there was a clock somewhere to look at for the time. I guess cellphones have not made that necessary in this day and age. Am always checking my cellphone for the time. These clocks in London are so beautiful.


  3. Beth says:

    Do you remember the Hertzberg clock on Houston Street in San Antonio? It has been a fixture for years and kept everyone downtown on time.


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