Sheringham-born clock maker is commissioned to build time piece for Heston Blumenthal - here is our pick of other unusual clocks

Tim Hunkin clock on Southwold Pier.; Photo: Andy Darnell; Tim Hunkin clock on Southwold Pier.; Photo: Andy Darnell;

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Waveney’s Southwold Pier water clock, funded by Thames water, was designed on the theme of recycling.

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The clock, which was made in three weeks, is powered by water which keeps the hands turning.

Another quirky clock from a bygone era is the first Guiness Festival Clock which began to entertain the public in May 1951 in Battersea.

Standing at 25 feet high, the clock included nine reversible electric motors. No clock as complex had been made in England for 300 years.

Professor Stephen Hawking unveils The Corpus Clock, a new installation at Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA WireProfessor Stephen Hawking unveils The Corpus Clock, a new installation at Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Every fifteen minutes the crowds were spellbound by the four-and-a-half-minute routine featuring well known characters from Guinness advertising.

Norwich’s own Gurney Clock in Castle Mall is a replica of one of well-known clock maker John Harrison, whose clocks were so accurate that navigators could establish their longitude while out at sea.

As the clock strikes the lion turns to take one of the balls in his paws and sets it rolling down the spiral.

The Norwich society played a key role in raising the funding to have it housed in the Castle Mall, completed in 1999.

Click here to read about the Sheringham clock maker who has been commissioned by Heston Blumenthal

The Corpus Clock is a large sculptural clock at street level at the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University.

The 24-carat gold-plated stainless steel clock was officially unveiled to the public on 19 September 2008 by Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking.

It has no hands or numerals, but displays the time by opening individual slits in the clock face backlit with blue LEDs arranged in three concentric rings displaying hours, minutes, and seconds.

An unusual water clock in Nottingham’s Victoria Centre was designed by Rowland Emett, who also made the machines in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

There is only one other like it in the country.

It was installed when the centre opened in 1973.

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