Need the time? - Now you can hear the correct time from a bygone era!
My speaking clock is on
0844 588 8008
At the third stroke...
Disclaimer: This facility is provided with no guarantee whatsoever. You should not rely on this number for an accurate time. It is provided solely for reference and educational purposes. It is not endorsed by any third party. The owner expressly disclaims all liability to any person in respect of anything and in respect of the consequences of anything done or omitted to be done wholly or partly in reliance upon this information. This number and facility may be removed without notice.
How does this work?
Calling the number above connects you directly to my TIM unit. Further details about the unit are below. It is a single unit on a single phone line, so it will only accept one call at a time.
I have a selection of different voices on the unit, and I change the voice from time to time. It could be Pat Simmons or another version, including those from overseas.
Pat Simmons was the voice of the United Kingdom's Speaking Clock from 1963 until 1985.
A project was conceived in 2000 to recreate, in solid-state form, the old speaking clock with the authentic voice of Pat Simmons. Over 60 members of the Telecommunications Heritage Group subscribed to designing and assembling circuit boards for an electronic speaking clock. All stocks of the TIM 2000 project parts were sold out a long time ago. A new version of the unit was produced in 2015 - the TIM 2015 - and that is the device here.
Details of the original project seem to have disappeared at the moment!
Sam Hallas' information about the project is here
In major cities in the UK, the service was obtained by dialling the letters TIMe (846) on a dial telephone, and hence the name "Tim". Other areas used different numbers, but it was standardised to 123 by the early 1990s.