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Design for the Barkers Building, Kensington, London

RIBA20456
Blomfield, Sir Reginald (1856-1942)

Design for a spire, possibly for St Michael Queenhythe, London

RIBA20928
Wren, Sir Christopher (1632-1723)

Preliminary studies for the Big Ben clock tower, Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London

RIBA21680
Barry, Sir Charles (1795-1860)
NOTES: Barry's design for the Houses of Parliament did not originally include a clock tower. He was asked to include one and his first designs were added in 1836. Construction began in 1843 but the tower (the Elizabeth Tower) and its clock and great bell (Big Ben) were finished in 1859.

Preliminary studies for the Big Ben clock tower, Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London: elevations, plans and section

RIBA21769
Barry, Sir Charles (1795-1860)
NOTES: Barry's design for the Houses of Parliament did not originally include a clock tower. He was asked to include one and his first designs were added in 1836. Construction began in 1843 but the tower (the Elizabeth Tower) and its clock and great bell (Big Ben) were finished in 1859.

Design for a cuckoo clock for a hospital

RIBA21945
Adams Holden & Pearson
NOTES: This drawing is by an unidentified 20th century designer and is annotated with instructions initialled 'TD'. The annotations make it clear that the clock was to be made by 'Messrs Simpson & Sons' and it was no doubt for a hospital designed by Adams, Holden & Pearson. The clock features a sculpted dog, cat and mouse.

Design for the Price Clock, Gloucester Cathedral: elevation and section incorporating the twelve signs of the Zodiac and two central figures

RIBA22524
Wilson, Henry (1864-1934)
NOTES: This design probably dates from the late 1890s and the clock has been described as an early Art Nouveau piece.

Schloss Altenburg: large presentation clock on a stand

RIBA23295
SOURCE: Ludwig Puttrich. Denkmale der Baukunst des Mittelalters in Sachsen (Leipzig, 1844-1850), vol. 3, 'Mittelalterliche Bauwerke im Herzogthum Altenburg' (1846), pl. 7

Stone Cross, Harlow, Essex: the shopping precinct with Hugh's Tower in the background

RIBA23350
Gibberd, Sir Frederick (1908-1984)
NOTES: Harlow New Town, together with the London orbital developments of Basildon, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead, was built after World War II to ease overcrowding in London. The masterplan for the town was drawn up by Frederick Gibberd in 1947. It is notable for being the location of the first pedestrian precinct and first residential tower block in Britain.
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