This pic was taken in the summer of 2016 in London. The pistachio green colour clock which is on the wall is known as “Fortnum & Mason Clock”. The colour of the wall ( i would say brick red colour), white windows and pistachio green clock all compliment each other. But do you know this building and clock has a little story behind it. I dont know how much true is the story behind the clock, but its quite an interesting story.
Fortnum & Mason happens to be a luxury department store in Piccadilly, London. It was established in the year 1707, by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason. It was founded as a grocery store. The store’s reputation was built on supplying quality food and it saw huge growth in Victorian era. Later, the store developed as a department store, but it continued to focus on stocking a variety of exotic, speciality and basic provision.
William Fortnum was a domestic worker in the household of Queen Anne. The royal family would use new candles everynight, resulting in the surplus amount of half used wax candles. Fortnum used to sell these half used royal candles and make huge profit out of it. Fortnum also had his side business of grocery store. Hugh Mason was Fortnum’s landlord and Fortnum somehow convinced him to be his associate. With this they founded the Fortnum and Mason store.
The famous landmark “Fortnum & Mason Clock” was established in the loving memory of their founders. Every hour, the founders come out of the pavilions to bow the public of Piccadilly and then they greet each other and go back to the pavilion, until next hour. It is said that the founders come out of the pavilion to check if everything is going good or not.
This Fortnum & Mason clock is in itself an attraction. People stand on the opposite side of the road to see the clock and the founders.
Source: Wikipedia and other platforms.