Boston Arms

Restoration of the clock.

The Boston Arms is a grand, ornate Victorian pub, built originally as the Boston Hotel in 1899. Four storeys high, it has arches, scrolled pediments, pilasters, an enriched frieze and elaborate cornicing, plus a lead-covered dome with cupola, stone gargoyles and decorative wrought-iron weather vane. Long a traditional Irish pub, it has been under the same family’s ownership for 40 years and is well known in north London and for the bands it has hosted over decades.It now comprises nine flats, two huge indoor music venues and a ground floor pub.Its clock is a commercial gravity weight clock designed in 1844, with three cast iron dials, German opal glass and ribbed copper hands.The clock though in potential working order, has been fitted with an autowinder which no longer works.

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