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Derry's Clock Tower
Location Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
Built 8 August 1862; 160 years ago (1862-08-08)
Built by Call and Pethick
Built for William Derry
Architect Henry Hall
Architectural style(s) Classical
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name: Clock Tower
Designated 1 May 1975
Reference no. 1130056
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Derry's Clock Tower (or Derry's Cross) is a free-standing clock tower in the city of Plymouth, England. Built in 1862, it was intended as a personal gift for the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward (the future Edward VII) and Princess Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia, the daughter of Christian IX of Denmark. The clock tower was a gift from William Derry (1817–1903), the Mayor of Plymouth between 1861–62. The clock and the nearby former bank are the only buildings to survive the Blitz and postwar development in the immediate area. On 1 May 1975 English Heritage listed the clock tower at Grade II for its architectural and historical importance.

The clock in the tower has worked for almost all of its 157 year history, including during the Blitz, but as of 3 September 2019, the clock is not functioning.


Prior to the destruction of the area in World War II, the clock stood at a major junction of the city comprising George, Union and Lockyer Street and was commonly regarded as the centre of Plymouth.

Today the structure stands behind the new Theatre Royal.

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