Water Clock

In Shorts Gardens WC2 there is a water clock above a shop, a large tube of water shows the minutes and a single handed dial shows the hours. There is a series of figures below the clock who presumably used to move to celebrate the hour. The clock was made by Tim Hunkin and Andy Plant who made the clock back in 1981.

It would be nice if this clock was operational as the other mechanical clock in London was disassembled when the Swiss Centre was taken down earlier in the year.

If you know of other mechanical clocks in London, I’d be interested to visit them.

6 thoughts on “Water Clock

  1. Rex says:

    Aren’t most analogue clocks mechanical?

  2. Good point, however what I was referring to was the additional figurative or decorative mechanics that are displayed when the clock strikes. The Germans and Swiss call them Glockenspiel clocks, not sure if we have a name for them in the UK.

  3. alan b says:

    There used to be one on the front of the Swiss centre in Leicester Square.

  4. Rex says:

    A list of clock types (in English) can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clock#Specific_types_of_clocks

  5. According to that link, the closest description is a “trumpeteer musical clock”

  6. M@ says:

    The clock on St Dunstan-in-the-West (Fleet Street) has a couple of mechanical figures said to represent Gog and Magog. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Dunstan-in-the-West

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