In 1965 Fortnum and Mason added the ornate clock over their front entrance on Piccadilly. It weighs three tons and the front of the building needed to be reinforced when it was installed. The eighteen bells chime every 15 minutes and on the hour to the tune of the Eton School anthem, doors open and four foot high figures of Mr Fortnum and Mr Mason appear. They bow to each other, check standards are being upkept(!), turn around and go back inside.
The bells were made at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry who also produced Big Ben and the original Liberty Bell.
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