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Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower
Jubilee Clock Tower

Photo credit: Lawrence Suss / Art UK

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Built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee of 1887, the foundation stone of the clock tower was laid by Sir Arthur Otway Bart on 20th January 1888, the seventieth birthday of James Willing, who gifted it to the town. It cost £2000. The use of opal glass for the clock faces allowed illumination by gas jets at night. These switched on and off automatically. The sphere is a time-ball, designed by Magnus Volk and controlled by landline from Greenwich Observatory.


Date

1888

Medium

granite, Portland stone, enamel & gilt copper

Accession number

BN1_LS_S022

Acquisition method

commissioned by James Willing, local advertising contractor

Work type

Clock tower

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

28th June 1888

Listing date

26/08/99

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at all times

Inscription description

on a bronze plaque underneath the portrait of Queen Victoria: THIS CLOCK TOWER / WAS PRESENTED TO THE PEOPLE OF BRIGHTON / IN COMMEMORATION OF THE / JUBILEE YEAR OF THE REIGN OF / HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA / BY / JAMES WILLING ESQRE. / THE MEMORIAL STONE WAS LAID BY / THE RIGHT HON. SIR ARTHUR OTWAY BART. / ON THE 20TH DAY OF JANUARY 1888 / EDWARD MARTIN. MAYOR / FRANCIS J. TILLSTONE. TOWN CLERK / JOHN JOHNSON ARCHITECT / J.T. CHAPPELL BUILDER


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Located at

Crossroads of Queens and Dyke Roads with West and North Streets, Brighton

BN1 3GJ