John Johnson (1843-1920)
1905-1988 (to commemorate the Coronation of Edward VII in 1902); restored 2007
Surbiton, Surrey (Greater London)
The plaque on this lovely Grade II-listed clock tower was unveiled by Prince Edward in July 2008, as part of its centenary celebration. The inscription proclaims it to be "a structure of special architectural interest," and "an important landmark and valuable timepiece." Much less elaborate and also less prominently sited than the same architect's clock tower in Brighton, the Surbiton clock tower does have a bronze medallion with a relief of the king's head, and a weathervane bearing the initials of King Edward and Queen Alexandra. Despite being later than the Brighton one, it is Gothic in style, in keeping with the several Gothic churches in the neighbourhood..
Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2010.
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