29 Jan '16, 1pm
The Churchill Clock
Bracken House is to be found sandwiched between Distaff Lane, Friday Street, Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street and is named after Brendan Bracken a close friend of Winston Churchill so close so rumour was that he was the illegitimate son of Churchill. Contemporaries would accuse Bracken of bullying and being a liar, a boaster, capricious and a thick skinned loudmouth. B rendan Bracken was the wartime Minister of Information supposedly the model George Orwell used for his Ministry of Truth in his seminal work 1984 and Big Brother (now a pretty prosaic television production) in Orwell’s book is said to be derived from Brendan Bracken’s initials. Post-war Bracken was the Chairman of the Financial Times which had acquired the site from the City of London, Bracken then commissioned the President of the Royal Academy, Albert Richardson, to design a new headquarters for the...