With the recent story about one of London’s landmark clock towers Big Ben leaning, we thought it was about time to ask Annie Mole from London Underground Tube Diary to give us her five favourite tube station clocks.
Did you know that the Tube has a variety of unusual clocks around the city? Rather than having to look at the dot matrix platform indicators and their digital times, it’s good to know that a number these clocks have been preserved. Here’s my five favourites…
This station has one of the very few clocks on the London Underground where all of the numbers are replaced with roundels. You can find it on the inner rail platform of Gants Hill tube station on the Hainault Loop of the Central Line.
Another Tube station clock with roundels – as far as I know it’s the only one where they are gold. Dated from around the 1940’s it was restored in 2009 and you can find it on the Eastbound and Westbound platforms.
One of the many rather lovely Self Winding Clock Company of New York clocks that you’ll see at a number of stations on the Tube. Look out for them at Barons Court, Acton Town, Northfields, Turnham Green, Balham and Tooting Broadway London Underground stations too.
Love this diamond roundel style clock set into the old logo of the Metropolitan Railway. It’s a cantilevered clock within a metal frame. Willesden Green is a beautiful station and was reconstructed in 1925, by CW Clark, and turned into a wonderful marble-white building. The station was made into a Grade 2 Listed building in December 2006, so it’s only appropriate that its clock is rather striking.
Not exactly a clock but beautiful nonetheless. The entrance hall at Sudbury Town station houses an original barometer still in perfect working order. It’s possibly the only barometer on the London Underground and there is also a clock with a similar design at the station.