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Old Apr 6, 2005, 7:07 AM   #1
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I took this and thought after it was a decent pic of an interesting building. After doing some research though, it becomes more interesting x12once you know the history behind it.

This is the Corn Exchange in Bristol, UK, built in 1753. On the outside of the building are carvings of African, American, Asian and European figures and animals, symbols of Bristol's foreign trade. You can't really see it in the first photo, but the clock has two separate minute hands. (In this photoone of the minute hands is at the exact spot of the hour hand LOL- just my luck - what were the odds of that?)

Before the advent of the railways and telegraphy there was no need for centralized time (imagine that!!)and so each area of the UK calculated its own local midday. This meant that Bristol, being 2º 35' West of London, was around 11 minutes ahead. The clock in the Corn Exchange façade, with its two minute hands, still shows theboth times.

In November 1840 the Great Western Railway used London time for all its timetables but it wasn't until 1st June 1880 the Statutes (Definition of time) Bill, was read for the first time in the House of Commons, and received the Royal Assent on 2nd August 1880 when all the clocks across the country adopted Greenwich Time.

Can you imagine living in an age where there was no time????
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Old Apr 6, 2005, 7:08 AM   #2
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an old pic of the same clock showing the two hands
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One has to love the old buildings and your photos sure brings the best out of them Suze, And I also loved those Flower macros you did. Keep 'em coming Suze.
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