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The sphere is a time-ball, designed by Magnus Volk and controlled by landline from Greenwich Observatory. The ball rose hydraulically up the mast and fell on the hour but functioned only for a few years and was stopped following complaints about the noise.
granite, Portland stone, enamel & gilt copper
commissioned by James Willing, local advertising contractor
Grade II (England and Wales)
28th June 1888
at all times
on a bronze plaque underneath the portrait of Queen Victoria: THIS CLOCK TOWER / WAS PRESENTED TO THE PEOPLE OF BRIGHTON / IN COMMEMORATION OF THE / JUBILEE YEAR OF THE REIGN OF / HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA / BY / JAMES WILLING ESQRE. / THE MEMORIAL STONE WAS LAID BY / THE RIGHT HON. SIR ARTHUR OTWAY BART. / ON THE 20TH DAY OF JANUARY 1888 / EDWARD MARTIN. MAYOR / FRANCIS J. TILLSTONE. TOWN CLERK / JOHN JOHNSON ARCHITECT / J.T. CHAPPELL BUILDER