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Return of the Sheerness clock tower

Published Monday 4 April, 2022
Last updated on Monday 4 April, 2022

The Coronation Clock Tower in Sheerness will be coming home next month.

The grade II listed structure is due to be returned to the High Street on 17 May after extensive repair work.

The iconic clock was removed from its High Street home in September last year so essential repairs could be carried out.

The council appointed specialist clock repairers Smith of Derby to remove the clock tower and they have spent the last few months carrying out repairs to the iron structure and clock mechanism.

Cllr Monique Bonney, cabinet member for economy and property at the council, said:

“The clock tower is an iconic part of the town’s history, and it’s exciting that we’re in the final stages of its restoration.

“Smith of Derby have done a brilliant job repairing and rebuilding the structure and internal mechanisms. They have even been able to identify the original colour scheme so when it returns it will be looking as good as it did when it was first installed.

“We’re working with Rose Street Primary School on a time capsule to go under the clock, which is a great way to help local children explore the history of the town and feel connected to its history.

“We will need to have a road closure to allow for the clock to be reinstalled, so I’d like to thank people for their patience and understanding whilst the work is carried out.”

The clock is expected to make the return journey from Derby on Monday, 16 May, before the structure is rebuilt on Tuesday. Work will then take place on the clock mechanism, bell toller mechanism and electrical connections, which are expected to take a day or two.

A section of The Broadway will be closed on Tuesday 17 May to allow the clock to be rebuilt.

The clock has undergone significant repairs to the dial, hands, and clock mechanism. New iron sections have been cast to replace the damaged areas, and the paintwork has been removed and restored to its original colour scheme. Lanterns have been specially made to replace those originally hanging from the clock tower.