Chamberlain Clock Tower from Selly Oak
Views of the Chamberlain Clock Tower from Selly Oak, on the Bristol Road.
It is a Grade II listed building. It is also known as the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower, with the nicknames Old Joe, Big Joe or simply Clock Tower.
It was built to commemorate the first Chancellor of the University - Joseph Chamberlain. One of the suggested names was Poynting Tower, after one of the early professors of the University - Professor John Henry Poynting.
It was designed as an initial part of the University Campus by the architects Aston Webb and Ingress Bell. It was constructed between 1900 and 1908.
The centre focal point of the D plan group of main university buildings designed
by Sir Aston Webb and Ingress Bell, 1900-1909. Dramatically soaring bright,
machined red brick campanile clock tower of tapering square section rising sheer
from the forecourt with a corbelled top stage and lantern.