A local landmark that seems out of place.
In the center of Birmingham’s Jewelery Quarter sits a roundabout at the junction of Vyse Street and Warstone Lane, and in the middle of that roundabout stands the Chamberlain Clock.
A monument to times past, it was erected in 1903 when the Jewelery Quarter was in its heyday to honor Joseph Chamberlain, one of the most important politicians of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is now a local landmark and the iconic symbol of the Jewelery Quarter.
The clock is a great place to watch the world go by. The roundabout in which it sits is so tight any large lorry trying to navigate round it causes long traffic jams. People dash about to the banks, newsagents, pub and supermarket surrounding it. Motorists cause havoc by abandoning their cars here there and everywhere while they nip in to the chippy, not giving a second thought to the historic monument just meters away.
I walk past the clock every day, and always see something of note, but most importantly it lets me know if I’m late for work!