Sunday, 26 February 2012

Golders Green

An excursion up the Northern Line to Golders Green on a fine sunny February day. The first clock is a common example of LU clocks on the northbound platforms of Golders Green station.

Outside of the station is the far more impressive war memorial clock situated on the traffic island.

The memorial was unveiled in April 1923. The Portland Stone structure is thought to be designed by Frank T Dear who was responsible for the similar memorial in Stockwell. The blue and gold clockface certainly looks magnificent in the sunshine.

Along Golders Green Road is this example on the premises of Warman Freed pharmacy. The clock however needs some potions or lotions of its own, as it is no longer working and shows a different time on each face.

Further down Golders Green Road are two more clocks, the first on what is now LA Fitness, but I assume was once part of the adjoining library or served another local government function.

The other clock is on the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St Michael.

Both of these clocks are not currently working, which makes it 3 out of 3 for Golders Green Road.

Taking Finchley Road from the war memorial, you can find this somewhat battered clock and sign. Yet another stopped clock - it's not easy to find the right time in this part of the world!

Off Finchley Road on Hoop Lane is the Golders Green Crematorium, which has this rather ornate clock.

And now to a clock that isn't! By the war memorial is this premises, which Google Streetview shows with a clock. Does anyone know whether it has gone for good, or just gone for repairs?

And finally, just for completeness and symmetry, the clock on the southbound platforms at Golders Green station:

Assuming the station clocks are right, the total visit time to Golders Green must have been just under two hours.

Monday, 20 February 2012


After the cold of recent weeks, it is now brollies in Bromley. Unexpectedly Bromley is a good hunting ground for public clocks, with a wide variety of styles.

The starting point of this trip is Westmoreland Road to the south of Bromley South station. Here can be found both the traditional style of St Mark's church and the newer (but perhaps the becoming traditional large office block style) clock on the RBS offices.

A little further to the east on Masons Hill is a wonderful clock on the Waitrose building, definitely not the usual supermarket clock. And it is repeated on the other side of the building.

The trail then takes us into the heart of Bromley town centre, going up the High Street. The first two locations are on the buildings currently occupied by Laura Ashley and Gap. The first is an integral part of the building and has seen better days - not least it doesn't appear to be working!

The second is the more usual clock on a bracket, and is in good condition.

Further up the High Street is the rather splendid clock of Payne's the jewellers, although the photo quality has suffered due to the rain. This must be a great clock to see in glorious sunshine.

Off the High Street is The Glades shopping centre, which like most such centres is a depressing and soulless place to visit. However, the intrepid clock hunter has to venture into these dark territories, and in Bromley can be rewarded with this uninspiring example:

Getting swiftly out of The Glades, the next stop is the church of St Peter and St Paul. Speaks for itself really.

A trip along Tweedy Road brings you first to this clock on Leonard House in Newman Road. You can see the intention of trying to make a non-descript office development look like it is a traditional part of the townscape, but the clock tower is just too high up and the face too small to have any effect as an actual timepiece.

Oh, and it's not working either!

Moving on then, at the end of Tweedy Road you can find this clock on the end of a nicely shaped building.

In the background is the Town Hall. I assume this building once had a clock judging by the circular spaces on the tower - can anyone confirm this?

Overall, a good trip to Bromley - shame about the rain!

Sunday, 12 February 2012


A trip to Brentford on another cold Saturday. Tempted to go for a pint of large, but didn't pass the Flying Swan (Robert Rankin fans will know what I'm talking about). The strange thing about Brentford is that it seems to have its own time zone, with all clocks (well at least the public ones) set about 10 minutes behind GMT. Probably some ruse to help Brentford FC get an advantage over their opponents.

Very few clocks too. The first is on St Paul's church, tucked away behind the twin delights of Morrisons and the police station. At first I thought the clock had stopped, but no, it keeps perfect BMT!

The only clock on the High Street appears to be this very lofty one on the Magistrates Court, perhaps safely out of reach from any ne'er-do-wells who frequent this building (although I shouldn't be rude about the local legal profession!).

And then finally a long hike east towards Kew to find the next clock. I'm sure there must be others lurking around Brentford (around Syon Park perhaps?), but it was not the weather to go too far off the track. If anyone knows of other clocks in the area please let me know.

Anyway, the last of my Brentford clocks is on the new Thameside Court development on Kew Bridge Road, opposite the steam museum.

The end of this clock-hunting trip, although at Kew Bridge station there is a glimpse of this huge clock on the Great West Road:

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Kilburn High Road

An exceedingly cold trip down Kilburn High Road today (4th Feb) from Kilburn tube to Edgware Road, with a very poor return in the number of clocks spotted. But hey, it is all good exercise.

The starting point is Kilburn station on the Jubilee, which has one of the common form of Underground clocks.

On to Kilburn High Road itself, and the long trek revealed only two clocks. The first is on Thomson's Jewellers at no. 228. Definitely a bit weathered, and clearly a stopped clock with different times shown on each face. The jewellers itself seems to be closed.

But this is actually quite an attractive design, with nice lettering and colour scheme.

The only other clock on the High Road is much further south on the Westbury pub. This appears to be a very modern clock in a very attractive mounting bracket.

It was then a long trek down to Edgware Road tube and some welcome relief from the cold. Hopefully the next trip will be less cold and more fruitful, although there is also a whole backlog of trips from last year to post. So should be something next week even if we are all snowed in.