Historic town clock returns to high street

Wakefields' clock has been re-installed in West Street
Wakefields' clock has been re-installed in West Street
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Horsham has welcomed the return of a piece of the high street’s history as Wakefields’ clock was reinstalled.

The clock was removed at the end of last year for the first time since its arrival in 1935, after it began losing time.

Wakefields clock has been taken away for repairs for the first time in 80 years. Dominic Wakefield pictured. SR1528890   Pic Steve Robards SUS-151222-103506001

Wakefields clock has been taken away for repairs for the first time in 80 years. Dominic Wakefield pictured. SR1528890 Pic Steve Robards SUS-151222-103506001

It was originally estimated it would return in January.

However, after being taken down and removed from its case an inspection found the interior workings had completely rusted through.

Determined horologist, Gordon Hoare, and Locksmith &amp Joiner, Martin Leadbeater, have spent the past six months working hard to restore the clock to its former glory.

The dials and movement were completely stripped down and overhauled and the casing carefully reassembled and powder-coated to preserve it for another eighty years.

Wakefields clock being restored.

Wakefields clock being restored.

In addition, there’s a further surprise for late night shoppers

For more than 30 years the internal lighting system inside the clock hasn’t worked, but during its renovation the problem was rectified and now everyone can enjoy the illuminated glow of the clock face after dark.

Dominic Wakefield said: “During the course of the eight decades Wakefields’ clock had not only been a source of timekeeping to the busy shoppers going about their daily business but had become a meeting place, a landmark and part of the heart of the town, holding great sentimental value to those who grew up in the area.

“Almost unrecognisable from its old, dishevelled state, the new clock face is a shining reflection of the hard work, perseverance and love for preserving history that has gone into returning the clock to its former working condition.”

The clock itself is part of an extremely unique design.

It is one of a few left in the country run by another long case clock, located inside the store, called a Synchronome.

The system used to be fairly common in Britain, you can see some of those clocks in the Greenwich museum, but there are not many left in the country, meaning Wakefields Jeweller’s clock is incredibly rare.

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