Perhaps the most interesting feature of the astronomical clock outside Bracken House in the City is the face of Winston Churchill at its centre. He was a personal friend of Bernard Bracken, former chairman of the Financial Times, who used to own the building. There are no clock hands -- instead the outer dial with Roman numerals rotates to give the hour -- whatever is in the usual 12 o'clock position is the current time. The month of the year is also shown in this way, and the number…

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the astronomical clock outside Bracken House in the City is the face of Winston Churchill at its centre. He was a personal friend of Bernard Bracken, former chairman of the Financial Times, who used to own the building. There are no clock hands -- instead the outer dial with Roman numerals rotates to give the hour -- whatever is in the usual 12 o'clock position is the current time. The month of the year is also shown in this way, and the number…

Prime Minister Winston Churchill, H.M. Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi (behind Churchill) & Empress Soraya visiting London in 1955.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill, H.M. Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi (behind Churchill) & Empress Soraya visiting London in 1955.

Lot 11596-5: Moscow Conference, August 12-17, 1942. Commandant of the City of Moscow welcomes Prime Minister Winston Churchill while V.M. Molotov, Peoples’ Commissar for Foreign Affairs and other Russian officials look on. Office of War Information Photograph.

Lot 11596-5: Moscow Conference, August 12-17, 1942. Commandant of the City of Moscow welcomes Prime Minister Winston Churchill while V.M. Molotov, Peoples’ Commissar for Foreign Affairs and other Russian officials look on. Office of War Information Photograph.

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