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Introducing Old Joe (University of Birmingham), Birmingham, UK

Old Joe is the tallest free standing clock tower in the world is located at the University of Birmingham. Built from 1900-08.

The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower, known by it's nickname "Old Joe" is located at the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston and can be seen for miles around the City and beyond. Built from 1900 until 1908, it was the tallest building of Birmingham until the BT Tower was completed in 1965. It was built to commemorate Joseph Chamberlain who was the first Chancellor of the University. It's a Grade II listed building and a major landmark in the City of Birmingham. Designed by Aston Webb and Ingress Bell as part of the initial phase of the building of the University. Modelled on the Torre del Mangia in Siena, Italy.

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History & heritage, Civic pride, Photography
People & community, Classic Architecture

Project dates

12 Aug 2020 - On-going

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