The Albert Memorial Clock is Belfast’s very own leaning tower. Back in 1865 when it was built it was erected on land reclaimed from the River Lagan and due to subsidence since then it now leans about 1.25 meters. That’s not the only strange story around this memorial though. You’ll see that it features a statue of Prince Albert and if you look closely you’ll notice that the plinth on which he stands is a little too small so half of one foot is hovering off the edge giving the impression he is about to jump off.
No it's not a dodgy photo - the clock tower really does lean, and not just after a few pints of the black stuff.
It constructed in 1853 from sandstone and standing at over 35m ft high and, was designed by W J Barre. The clock was erected as a memorial to Queen Victoria's late consort and includes a life size statue of the Prince mounted on the west side. The memorial has four clock faces and a two tonne bell.
The Albert Memorial Clock has a distinctive lean of approximately 1.50 m off the vertical as it is built on soft marshy land.
At Queens Square, in the end of High Street stands the leaning Albert Clock Tower. It was erected in 1867 in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, who died in 1861. Because the clock tower was built on muddy land reclaimed from the River Lagan it’s leaning 1.25 metres off vertical. The Albert Clock Tower is built in white sandstone and it is decorated with crowned lions, flowers and a statue of Prince Albert.
Another of Belfasts landmarks- The Albert Memorial is famed for being the citys very own 'Leaning Tower of Pisa' This is is due to it having been built on wooden piles, on land that was reclaimed from the marshes of the River Farset. This has meant that the tower has, over the decades, swayed from its original line, with the top of the tower leaning 4 foot away from its baseline.
The 113ft tall Clock tower was constructed between 1865 and 1870. It was designed by William J Barre, as a commemorative memorial to Prince Albert -Queen Victoria's husband and Prince Consort. A sculpture of Prince Albert (by S.F. Lynn) can be seen on the towers western aspect (and in my pic 4). Look for the ornately carved floral decorations and crowned lions too.
The clock on the Eastern aspect was made in Belfast by Belfast by Francis Moore.
The clock and tower suffered damage, from a bomb blast, detonated nearby by the IRA on the 6th January 1992. The whole monument was repaired and renovated in 2002, with a correction made to its tilt.
As well as the clock, there is a 2 tonne bell housed in the tower.
Very nice of Belfast to create a memorial to Prince Albert, as he had nothing to do with the city at all!
The clock tower is a pretty bit of Victoriana, and makes a good landmark or meeting place.
It's got an interesting lean to it as well. The wooden piles which form part of its foundations were sinking (the river Farset runs underneath the High Street and the memorial) ...or, if you prefer, it got its lean from the numerous 'ladies of the night' who stood against it waiting for custom. :-)
But it's fixed now, and cleaned up nicely for the Millennium.
It's said that one lad climbed to the top of the tower to watch the launch of the titanic. Looking at it now, I can't see how that was possible.......sounds like a fantasy to me. :-)