Our distinctive clock tower is a unique feature of the garden. It was taken from the Eastern Fever Hospital, commissioned by the Metropolitan Asylum Board, built in 1869-71, by the architects Messrs John Giles and Biven and demolished to make way for the Homerton University Hospital in 1982. The Eastern Fever Hospital was one of England’s first ‘state funded’ hospitals.
The style is baroque although the period is (possibly Victorian), the cupola is constructed of wood, with a deeply projecting curved eaves cornice and louvred panels. Each of the four sides has a clock face; black with Roman numerals in gold. A weather vane sits on top.
The builder is unknown, and it is possible the cupola is much older than the building from whence it came, i.e. late-17th century.