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World Time Guns

Guernsey Time Gun


Guernsey Time Gun

Guernsey Time Gun

The time gun was fired at noon to signal the time and at 9.30 in the evening to recall the soldiers stationed on the island back to barracks. Discontinued in 1923, the tradition was re-introduced fifty years later. Photo credit: Courtesy of Guernsey Museums

Vancouver Time Gun


Vancouver Time Gun

The Vancouver Nine o'clock Gun

The 12-pound muzzle-loaded naval cannon was cast at Woolwich in 1816. Seventy-eight years later it was set up in Stanley Park by the Department of Marine and Fisheries to signal anglers that it was time to stop fishing. The time gun now fires every night at nine o’clock.

Zagreb Time Gun


Zagreb Time Gun

Zagreb Time Gun Tower

A 75mm mountain howitzer is fired daily at noon from Zagreb's Lotrscak Tower. Photo Zagreb-TouristInfo

Aldershot Time Gun


Aldershot Time Gun

Aldershot Time Gun

Set up on Gun Hill, Aldershot, England in the 1860s, a time gun fired at one o’clock and later at 9.30 pm to signal the soldiers that it was time to return to barracks. The time was sent via telephone from Greenwich Observatory when the gun was moved to Thorn Hill in 1879.

Nice Time Gun


Nice - General View

Nice - General View from Castle Hill

The Nice noonday gun - Sir Thomas Coventry-More and his wife spent the winter months in Nice, France. He provided the funding to have a cannon set up on the Castle Hill in 1861. Legend claims that the gun was set up to send a signal to his wife when it was time to return home and prepare lunch. The time signal was officially approved by the civic authorities in 1875. Further details available on: www.nissalabella.net/canon.htm Photo credit: A.Issock/OTCN

Paris Time Gun


Paris Time Gun

Paris Time Gun

A small cannon was set up in the Palais Royal Gardens, Paris in 1786. The gun fired when the sun’s rays shone through the magnifying glass at noon. Edinburgh businessman John Hewat observed the gun firing during a business trip to the French capital, which gave him the idea of setting up a time gun in Edinburgh.

Fremantle Time Gun


Fremantle Time Gun

Fremantle Time Gun

Set up in 1995, the gun is a replica of a ship’s cannon which sank off Port Augusta in 1878. Photograph courtesy of the Fremantle Heritage Guides.

Whitehaven Time Gun


Whitehaven Time Gun

Whitehaven Time Gun

Commissioned by the Whitehaven Maritime Festival committee in 2005, the gun was first fired at one o’ clock on Friday 4th November. Photo credit: Whitehaven Tourist Information Centre

Rome Time Gun


Rome Time Gun

Rome Time Gun

The noon day time signal was introduced by Pope Pius IX in 1847 to co-ordinate the city's church bells. The cannon was moved from Castel Sant'Angelo to Monte Mario in 1903 before being placed in its present position at the Gianicolo a few months later.

Newcastle, Australia Time Gun


Newcastle Time Gun

Fort Scratchley Time Gun

Set up in 1878 the time service was discontinued in 1915. The time gun fired at one o’ clock in conjunction with the dropping of the time ball. The time service was resumed in October 2013 following the acquisition of a working replica two pound field cannon (circa 1880s). Administered by the Newcastle City Council, Fort Scratchley was built in 1881 and is listed as a National Heritage site. The time gun is fired by the volunteers of the Fort Scratchley Historical Association. The time gun fires six days a week when the fort is open to visitors. image credit Fort Scratchley Historical Association.