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Stopped Clocks is a public collaborative project which exists to first document all the stopped clocks in the UK, with the aim being to restore those we can to working order.

Anyone can help, so please send us any information on stopped clocks in your area and by all means post here at the blog.

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8 Clements Road, Ilford

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Now a children's fashion store, a lovely clock on a forgotten Art Deco facade.

Posted by plewis

28 Cranbrook Road, Ilford

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A Building Society is at this location now but the clock seems too grand with its little heraldic dragons on top. Just past Ilford Railway Station, by the back of Bodgers of Ilford (a great old fashioned Department store)

Posted by plewis

749 Romford Road East London

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This one had one side seemingly working fine? The other side needs a major face lift ...

Posted by plewis

456 Romford Road East London

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As only found one clock (working - Stratford church) between the Bow Flyer/Roundabout and Forest Gate, I wasn't expecting to find any clocks until Ilford, but two turned up along Romford Road. This one at 456 Romford Road a former Opticians.

Posted by plewis

Hundreds of "stopped clocks" at the Clocks Museum, Guildhall

I had a wonderful trip to the Clocks Museum at Guildhall in the city of
London today. Although the museum is mostly dedicated to the history of
domestic and handheld watches and mechanisms, it also delves deeply into
the history of horology itself, and the integral role that timekeeping
played in the building of the British Empire.

In the 16th century, timekeepers aboard ships from Spain and Britain we
almost magical seers, being able to divine time accurately from the
heavens. This ability allowed ships to discover their Longitude, without
which the very idea of seafaring discovery and the furthering of Empire
was unachievable. I find it wonderful and inspiring that the mechanical
skills of clock makers in 1660 London were the bedrock upon which the
British Empire was *built*, and the industrial revolution founded.

Another amazing thing I discovered is that although the first public
clocks started appearing in Europe in the 1300's (they were really
terrible at actually keeping time) the original source of the technical
knowledge required to make these timepieces is not known! What a mystery!

Posted by Alfie

All Hallows on the Wall

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Info scraped from Wikipedia.

All Hallows-on-the-Wall is a Church of England church located in the City of London. It is situated adjacent to London Wall, the former city wall, at Broad Street.

The present church was constructed by George Dance the Younger in 1767[1], replacing an earlier church built some time in the early 12th century on a bastion of the old Roman wall. It became renowned for its hermits, who lived in cells in the church. All Hallows escaped destruction in the Great Fire of London in 1666 due to its position under the wall, but subsequently fell into dereliction.

Dance rebuilt the church when he was only 24 years old[2]. He had recently returned from Italy where he had conducted detailed studies of Classical buildings. The new All Hallows took its inspiration from the Classical world and was remarkably simple in form, with no aisles; its interior consists solely of a barrel-vaulted nave with a half-dome apse at the far end, with decoration deriving from the ancient Temple of Venus and Rome in the city of Rome. Its exterior is plain brick.

All Hallows was damaged during the Second World War but was restored in the early 1960s[3]. It is a guild church associated with the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, which has held its annual elections in the church for over 600 years. Until 1994, it was the headquarters of the Council for the Care of Churches. It is still occasionally used for services. It is now the home for a number of charitable organisations.

Posted by Alfie

when not to

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A bad time for stopped clock hunting - mid afternoon. Every high level round window with a cross bar (as this one near Old Street) becomes a clock stopped at a quarter to three :-)

Posted by plewis

13th Sep 2008, 10:54   | tags:comments (2)

Near Angel Tube

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upper street, angel, london just along from Angel tube station

Posted by plewis