Memorial: Vernon Helbing
Erection date: /11/1972
The clock over this archway was presented by Vernon Helbing. FRIBA of Sir Herbert Baker and Scott, architects of London House, November 1972.
The clock itself is quite high. Down at eye level there is a small plaque with the text. Note the outer ring of numbers up to 24 which might suggest an unusual way of reading the time. But the photograph was taken at 10 to 4 and the hands are in the position that one would expect so that ring of numbers remains a mystery.
Site: London House - WC1 (5 memorials)
WC1, Mecklenburgh Square
The building was erected 1935 -63, designed by Sir Herbert Baker and Scott and their successor Helbing. These memorials are all inside what is normally a private quadrangle but we managed to gain access on the weekend of the 2007 Open Squares Event.
The 70th anniversary plaque can be seen from outside, peering through the gate, on the left. The armillary sphere is in the quadrangle, on the north side, directly in line with the gate. The bust is on the south façade, the clock in the north west corner, the Latin text on the east façade.
Our picture of the building, taken from the Goodenough College website, is of one of the Queen's visits.