It has been 4 months since the Sheerness Coronation Memorial Clock was removed from its home in the heart of Sheerness and taken to the Smith of Derby Clockmakers workshop, for its full restoration.
Since its removal a huge amount of work has been taking place, and last week the team who are putting together the documentary film of its restoration, visited the workshop and were able to capture some images of its transformation so far.
Back in October the clockmakers began the huge task of breaking down the clocktower into to each of its component parts. These parts were assessed, and repair works undertaken, and only if absolutely necessary, new parts recast to replace those pieces that were beyond repair.
The restoration of the clocktower also includes the fabrication of new lanterns, to match the design of those gas lanterns originally hanging in 1902. The brackets and arms that also saw electric lights and later hanging baskets, have also been enhanced to look as they were intended.
In our December update we were able to show the beginning of the fabrication of these lanterns.
Here you can see these lanterns completed, zinc coated, and painted, ready to take their new home on the clocktower, illuminating The Crescent once again.
Here you can see the lantern arms, primed in the grey zinc coating, in the spray room.
The clocktower is crowed by a large bell that was cast by John Taylor & co of Loughborough, a specialist bell-foundry, who had cast ‘Great Paul’ the bell for St Paul’s Cathedral. The Sheerness clock tower bell was around 100kilos (220lb).
On each corner, alongside the clock faces, were 4 dragons, which can be seen here on the day of removal alongside 24 red flowers.
On the base of the clocktower, 2 red plaques featured Queen Alexandra and King Edward VII. These plaques were removed, bead blasted, primed and then painted the vibrant red colour that they appeared
There is still a huge amount of work remaining, followed by the arduous task of reassembling all those component parts. The clocktower will be returning to Sheerness in Spring 2022. The date of its return will be shared, and we hope you can join us in welcoming it back home.
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