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

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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 favorite of all the clocks I photographed in London, and this picture has hung in my bathroom since I re-did the bathroom with pale blue walls–Icy Waterfall and ceramic tile that resembles the color of the building itself–a mottled biscuit.  The photograph below by Tony Hisgett gives you a sense of the overall grandeur of this building.


By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK – Fleet Street 4Uploaded by tm, CC BY 2.0,

The 1928 Art Deco building replaced the former Daily Telegraph building and a new clock was not added until 2 years later.  Of the situation, The Guardian reported:

“Confound it,” said a man in Fleet Street to-day as he looked at his watch and found it stopped and looked up for the “Daily Telegraph” clock and found it gone; “where’s that confounded clock?” (Jan 11, 1930, p. 12)

Looking into the paper’s past, I discovered it dated back to 1855 when a Colonel Sleigh established it and subsequently sold it to J. M. Levy.  It was considered one of the major papers to bring news to “ordinary London people” (The Guardian, Dec 23, 1927, p. 8) and other newspapers on Fleet Street followed their lead.  The paper was sold in 1927 to Sir William Berry, Mr. Gomer Berry, and Sir E. Iliffe.  The building was renovated and a new clock installed.

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

  1. peggyjoan42 says:

    I can see why this is your favorite clock. I love the coloring – blue is my favorite color. Enjoyed another history lesson – history is my favorite subject. A+ for sure on this post.


    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you for my grade. 🙂
      I love history also. One of the coolest things that was said about the Daily Telegraph (pre ownership of the “young lions of Fleet Street”) was that they understood the importance of a variety of journalism about people’s lives. I do find this clock mesmerizing.

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