The Smith & Sons clock is one of my favourite Islington landmarks. When it was installed in 1906, it was a piece of shameless advertisement lightly disguised as a gift to the community but time has softened the implication and turned it into a much loved heirloom.
The Council has taken good care of it and had it refurbished several times. I believe the original movement has been replaced with an electric one.
Today, I photographed it from the bus stop in City Road where we were waiting for a 43 bus to take us to London Bridge Station.
This is Greenwich Railway Station where we arrived on a train from London Bridge.
Greenwich used to have a town hall and this tall clock tower is part of it. The Grade II listed building lost its position owing to borough reorganisation.
We took a bus to Greenwich Park. Our ultimate destination is the building in the centre background.
This is where we were going. It is a Georgian villa, situated on the border of Greenwich Park and Blackheath, known as the Ranger’s House. It’s main claim to fame today is that it is home to the Wernher Collection, a collection of art gathered by the 19th-century businessman, Sir Julius Wernher.
Unfortunately, photography is not allowed in the house so I cannot show you any of the artifacts. This scan-shot front view of the house will have to do instead.
Afterwards, we walked down the hill where I stopped to take a photo of the church demurely screened by trees. It is Our Ladye Star of the Sea Catholic Church, built in 1851.
The name might strike you as odd, given that Greenwich is nowhere near the sea but it does in fact have a long nautical history, being the home of the Royal Observatory (whose position defines the Greenwich Meridian), the National Maritime Museum and the old Royal Naval College.
We sat for a while in the park until we decided that it was time for lunch,
We made our way through the grounds of the aforementioned naval institutions (above is the Royal Maritime Museum) to an eatery called the Old Brewery which is attached to the Old Naval College.
Having lunched, we walked to the Docklands Light Railway station and took the train to bank. Buses from there brought us to the clock tower once more where we finished up, as we had started this morning, in the Jusaka coffee bar.
We both felt we had done enough for today, perhaps because we had exerted ourselves yesterday, including the long walk to and from the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.