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Today's post is another photographic one and I'm linking up with Our Beautiful World. Their prompt this week is "Time" and immediately I saw it, I knew exactly which clock I'd be featuring...
It's the Eastgate Clock in Chester, England and it is the second most photographed clock in the UK. The most photographed is the clock on the Houses of Parliament in London, often incorrectly referred to as "Big Ben", which is in fact the name of the bell in what is now known as the Queen Elizabeth tower, having been renamed in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Anyway, enough about that one, here's some more about the Eastgate Clock and the gateway on which it stands...
The gate was originally the main entrance into the Roman fortress of Deva Victrix and indeed most of the walls remain to this day. The original gate was guarded by a timber tower which was replaced by a stone one in the second century and that in turn was replaced again around the 14th century.
The gateway in the photo here dates from 1768 and is a three-arched sandstone structure which carries the already mentioned city walls. The clock was added in 1899 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria two years earlier. The frame of the clock is made of iron and there are faces on all four sides. It was designed by the Chester architect John Douglas and the whole structure, gateway and clock, was designated as a Grade 1 Listed Building (giving protective status), in July 1955.
This photo was taken in 2009 and although I regularly visit the city and have many more recent photos of the clock, none show it off as well as this one. I also have a lot of photos of the city walls and I'll share some of those in another post :)
I'm linking up this post with Our Beautiful World...