Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower in Chancellor's court at the University of Birmingham

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The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower in Chancellor's court at the University of Birmingham, England. The tower was built to commemorate Joseph Chamberlain, the first Chancellor of the University, although one of the original suggested names for the clock tower was the 'Poynting Tower', after one of the earliest professors at the University, Professor John Henry Poynting. The nicknames Old Joe, Big Joe or simply The Clock Tower are used by the student population and local residents. A prominent landmark in Birmingham, the grade II listed tower can be seen for miles around the campus, and has become synonymous with the University itself. There is a superstition, not taken entirely seriously, amongst students that if they stand under the tower when it strikes they will fail their exams.
Location: Edgbaston, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom