The Albert Memorial Clock

Architect William Barre won the competition to design the Albert Clock.

In the face of not always scrupulous opposition from rival architects, Charles Lanyon and WH Lynn, eclectic Belfast architect, William Barre, won the 1865 competition to erect a monument in Belfast honouring the late Prince Consort.

Barre’s design incorporates German gothic elements, with crouching heraldic lions atop flying buttresses, into an Italianate campanile structure. Soon after completion in 1867, the structure developed a pronounced list, stabilised by restoration work completed in 2001, which also restored much of the ornament and sculptural embellishment.