This clock tower located in the Jewellery Quarter is in memory of Joseph Chamberlain's visit to South Africa in 1903 after the Boer War, while he was the Secretary of State for the Colonies. It is at the junction of Vyse Street, Warstone Lane and Frederick Street. It will be removed end of August 2020 for restoration work.

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Jewellery Quarter Chamberlain Clock





This clock tower located in the Jewellery Quarter is in memory of Joseph Chamberlain's visit to South Africa in 1903 after the Boer War, while he was the Secretary of State for the Colonies. It is at the junction of Vyse Street, Warstone Lane and Frederick Street. It will be removed end of August 2020 for restoration work.


Jewellery Quarter Chamberlain Clock

The Chamberlain Clock is an Edwardian cast-iron clock located in the Jewellery Quarter. It was erected to mark Joseph Chamberlain's tour of South Africa from the 26th December 1902 until the 25th February 1903, after the end of the Second Boer War. It was unveiled while Chamberlain was still alive in January 1904, by Mary Crowninshield Endicott, his 3rd wife. It is at the junction of Vyse Street with Warstone Lane and Frederick Street. At one point Chamberlain lived in Frederick Street (probably before he moved into Highbury Hall). It was last restored in 1989. The clock is Grade II listed.

The clock is next due for a restoration soon, and will be removed on the 22nd August 2020. The clock no longer works. It will be reinstalled in early 2021 with a new information panel. See our friends at Birmingham Updates for more.

 

I first took a series of photos of the clock in November 2009.

View to the Rose Villa Tavern. Today the area behind is now called Golden Square. Corner of Vyse Street and Warstone Lane.

View to the HSBC bank at the other corner of Warstone Lane and Vyse Street.

Some information on the bottom of the clock. It was erected by his constituents the electors of West Birmingham.

Another view with HSBC to the corner of Warstone Lane and Vyse Street.

An old Metrobus on the 101 to Handsworth about a year before they were withdrawn. Was still Travel West Midlands at the time.

Christmas lights behind the clock on Warstone Lane.

This was the view near the Barclays Bank looking up Frederick Street.

This view below of the Chamberlain Clock was taken during January 2019, from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham. Looking up Newhall Hill to Frederick Street. HSBC was now HSBC UK (after 1 Centenary Square opened). The modern 101 bus is now red from National Express West Midlands.

Returned to this part of the Jewellery Quarter for the first time in ages in August 2020. Heading down Vyse Street from Jewellery Quarter Station. Barclays Bank on the left at the Warstone Lane and Frederick Street corner.

The Warstone Lane view of the clock between the Rose Villa Tavern and Barclays Bank.

Also got this view looking up from Frederick Street. The clock no longer works, it needs repainting. It's in urgent need of some TLC.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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