Friday, 18 March 2011

The Exhibition

As promised, some non-London traces of the Festival of Britain I first spotted a few years ago. This is The Exhibition pub in the small village of Upper Shelton between Bedford and Cranfield, Bedfordshire. I like the way the face of the festival symbol has weathered differently on each side of the sign.

Bedfordshire villages also gained these signs at the time of the Festival:

A Bedfordshire Peculiarity

Other non-London Festival remains include this amazingly ancient-looking clock reminiscent of a sundial set into a forgotten stone wall in Derbyshire

Festival of Britain Clock, Brough, Derbyshire

and Trowell, Nottinghamshire, which was nominated the Festival Village. More on both of those here


  1. I love this. Whereabouts in Derbyshire is the clock?

  2. what do the letters around the clock mean?

  3. Here is the full description for the clock from Lady Wulfrun's excellent set of Festival of Britain images on flickr:

    'Festival of Britain Clock, Brough, Derbyshire

    This amazing clock was commissioned in celebration of the Festival of Britain in 1951 and bears the FoB image of 'Britannia' designed by Abraham Games (1914-1996), although it looks to have lost its red, white and blue colouring, and possibly the 'bunting' that was associated with the famous post-war symbol. The timepiece appears to be intact, although sadly it no longer works.

    Located in the village of Brough in the Hope Valley of Derbyshire, the once proud clock is attached to the side of a stone building that was once part of what was the old 'Vincent Works' (now a business park). The clock faces directly over a fast flowing stream and access for photographs is made more difficult because the busy road that runs nearby has no pavement and is bordered by dry stones walls. I felt it necessary to don my hi-viz coat before daring to walk along the short stretch of roadway from where I had parked.

    The wording surrounding the clock face - ANAVIO - recalls the ancient Roman name of Brough, which is situated in the High Peak and where the Romans made good use of the location by basing a signal station there. The clock's fingers also represent links with the area's Roman past, complete with a Roman legion aquila (Latin for 'eagle'), used as a standard symbol by the Roman army.

    If you’re in the area, it is worth stopping to take a look.


    26th August 2010.

    My thanks to Flickrite Trevira, whose picture inspired me to go and track down this wonderful old clock.' Lady Wulfrun/flickr