A few months ago Peter delighted us all with his photos and more photos of Greenwich Power Station, but I held back the picture above, which he also sent, because it felt like a story for around Halloween, rather than one for the first flush of Spring.
Weirdly, I have always thought there should be a ghost story related to the Power Station – and in the absence of a real one, I made one up (see the Haunted Bag of Soot) but it would seem there really is a spook associated with the place, and my story is not a million miles off the real thing.
Frustratingly, I have very little information about the Phantom Clock of the Power Station - merely that one of the workers died in a terrible accident there ‘many years ago,’ and the clock (situated in the current turbine hall, which is a smaller section running parallel to the main hall) stopped forever at the same time. As far as Peter could tell, it is still stopped at that fateful hour.
I can’t tell much from looking at the photo save that the clock doesn’t look as old as the power station itself. I am no horologist, so my guess at 1940s/50s is not even an educated one.
If anyone can shed any more light on the Phantom Clock of Greenwich Power Station, I would very much like to hear about it.