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Vernon Helbing London House - WC1

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.

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Vernon Helbing

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Vernon Helbing, FRIBA

With the two other architects Sir Herbert Baker and Alexander T Scott, Vernon...

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Sir Herbert Baker and Scott

Architects.  Later Vernon Helbing joined the firm. Sir Herbert Baker was one ...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
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70th Anniversary of Goodenough College

This tablet was unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 70th Anniversar...

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75th Anniversary of Goodenough College

{On one of the rings:} By wisdom a house is built and through understanding ...

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Evan Evans Bevan

David Hopkins has kindly provided the translation for us. Dave says "I was pu...

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Frederick Craufurd Goodenough

In a niche over the original central entrance (now mainly disused in favour o...

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