The Phantom Clock of Greenwich Power Station

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.


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One Comment to “The Phantom Clock of Greenwich Power Station”

  1. EnglishRose says:

    The accident sounds as though it would have been the sort of thing that would have been reported in the local press at the time. Have any of the local papers digitized or catalogued their archives?