Chrisp Street’s Clock Tower was designed by Frederick Gibberd as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations the 1950s. Gibberd wanted it to be the focal point of the market, as well as a local viewing point. For practical purposes the tower contains two staircases – one to go up and one to come down. There were no awkward collisions in Gibberd’s vision for Chrisp Street Market!
The concrete framework of the landings and staircases are exposed on the outside to form a unique pattern of pale diamonds up the sides of the tower. At night, Gibberd’s masterpiece is lit by purple and green floodlights, giving Chrisp Street an all-year-round festive glow.
You can climb up the tower whenever the Lansbury Micro Museum is open – click here for more details.