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Clock Tower and Attached Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Brighton and Hove, The City of Brighton and Hove

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Latitude: 50.8237 / 50°49'25"N

Longitude: -0.1436 / 0°8'37"W

OS Eastings: 530849

OS Northings: 104327

OS Grid: TQ308043

Mapcode National: GBR JP4.6HT

Mapcode Global: FRA B6LX.FW5

Plus Code: 9C2XRVF4+FH

Entry Name: Clock Tower and Attached Railings

Listing Date: 26 August 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1380624

English Heritage Legacy ID: 480947

Also known as: Jubilee Clock Tower

ID on this website: 101380624

Location: Brighton and Hove, West Sussex, BN1

County: The City of Brighton and Hove

Electoral Ward/Division: St. Peter's and North Laine

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Brighton and Hove

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Brighton St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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577-1/39/606 (North side)
Clock tower and attached railings


Jubilee clock tower. 1888. Designed by John Johnson, built by
JT Chappell and donated by James Willing whose name, and the
date of the jubilee, 1887, are on the clock face. Portland
stone and pink polished granite, roof of copper. Square in
plan, the lower part having an aedicule on each of the 4
sides; base of pink polished granite with panelled Portland
stone above; on each front Corinthian columns stand in front
of pilasters of pink polished granite, supporting an
entablature with a frieze of scrolling ornament and an open
pediment; from the frieze, on each side, a ship projects far
enough to be lettered on the gunwale, on the west 'TO HOVE',
on the south 'TO THE SEA', on the east 'TO KEMP TOWN', and on
the north 'TO THE STATION'. The aedicule frames a round-arched
panel with a roundel portrait of, on the west, the Princess of
Wales, on the south, Prince Albert, on the east, the Prince of
Wales, and on the north, Queen Victoria; life-size female
figures seated at the corners between the aedicules. The upper
stage has blocked pilasters as quoins and banded rustication
with pendants either side of the 4 clock faces; frieze of
balusters; dentil and modillion cornice; octagonal roof with,
on the 4 sides, cartouches between putti with lucarnes above,
and urns at the corner; domed roof of copper, with a crown on
top carrying a metal globe at the foot of a mast; this was a
time ball designed by Magnus Volk, which rose and fell on the
hour, but was abandoned after a few years because of
complaints about the noise; weather vane with the initials JW.
Iron railings with scrolled panels, and urn and spearhead
finials, attached to clock tower to north and east, and also
framing entrances to public lavatories.
(Carder T: The Encyclopedia of Brighton: Lewes: 1990-).

Listing NGR: TQ3084904327

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