Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Clock Towers

At the top of the hill overlooking Morecambe Bay stands Grange Over Sands Clock Tower.  Don't get the impression there is much sand here by the town's name as it refers to the old cross sands route across the bay which took miles and hours off a stage coach journey.  A beautiful but not benign bay full of shifting sands and channels so a guide is an essential when making a crossing today and he lives down by the bay's edge about a mile away from this point. 
The wall around the clock tower has a plaque which tells the history behind the Clock Tower.  Travelling about 250 miles south and
a larger, and much more famous clock tower is Big Ben in London whose chimes first rang out in July 1895. The building in the foreground is Westminster Hall, the oldest building of Parliament being built in 1097 and an appropriate place for the statue of Oliver Cromwell head of the Parliamentary forces in the 17th Century English Civil War and ultimately head of the government.  To climb the 399 steps of Big Ben and see the clock workings and the view the only way is to contact your local Member of Parliament to be able to join a tour although there is a long waiting list open only to UK residents.
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But this Clock Tower despite having what looks like a wonderful viewing platform at the top isn't open at all. Built in 1938-9 and inspired by Hilversum Town Hall in the Netherlands it was originally Greenwich Town Hall (today it is now business offices) and is called Meridian House for the Greenwich Meridian line is just a short walk away.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet this week sojourning at C here


9 comments:

Vidhya V Rao said...

Nice take on the word....There is always one post that surprises by out of the box thinking....:)

Roger Owen Green said...

Nice piece of history.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hildred said...

A nice collection of tower clocks.

ellen b. said...

Clock towers are very cool! I enjoyed seeing many in town centers around England...

Leslie: said...

Love it! You don't see things like that here in western Canada.

Leslie
abcw team

bettyl-NZ said...

Great shots! Each little town here in New Zealand has a clock tower in the town center.

Trubes said...

I like clocks and clock towers . Interesting history attached to The Morecambe Bay Clock,
We have the Liver Clock in Liverpool which is quite a famous landmark at the riverfront, on the Liver Buildings along with the Liver Birds,

Best Wishes,
Di.x

Gerald (SK14) said...

Think I like the one in Grange better than the one in London. There is one near the station in Colwyn Bay where I visited recently but I didn't take a photo of that one.

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