University of Birmingham - Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower known as 'Old Joe'

'Old Joe' is the tallest free standing clock tower in the world, It is located in Chancellor's Court at the University of Birmingham and was built between 1900 and 1908.

The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower, known by it's nickname "Old Joe", is located at the heart of the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston. It can be seen for miles around the City and beyond.

'Old Joe'. Photography by Elliott Brown. 

'Old Joe'. Photography by Christine Wright.

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 is a Grade II listed building and a major landmark in Birmingham.

'Old Joe'. Photography by Kev Maslin. 

Designed by Aston Webb and Ingress Bell as part of the initial phase of the building of the University. It was modelled on the Torre del Mangia in Siena, Italy.

'Old Joe' and Torre del Mangia.  Photography by Elliott Brown. 

Project dates

12 Aug 2020 - On-going


History & heritage, Education, Classic Architecture

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