The hands of time have turned back on Bexhill’s iconic Clock Tower after it was given a new lease of life, thanks to sponsorship from local businesses.
Completed in 1904 the Clock Tower, situated on West Parade in the middle of the road, opposite Park Avenue, was showing its age after years of being battered by wind and rain whipping in off the coast.
But the Edwardian edifice has now been restored to former glory thanks to a new paint job, refurbishment of the weather vane which tops the structure and new lights to illuminate it at night.
The Clock Tower was built with the intention that it would mark the Coronation of King Edward VII on August 9, 1902. However, due to poor planning it was not completed until 1904.
Built on land that was given to the council by local builder, Mr J.W. Webb, the clock was designed by Robert Hembrow and built by Benjamin Gaston and F.Ransome.
Built from imitation Bath stone the landmark building is 840cm high (including base) has clock faces on all four sides, topped with a weather vane, and is owned by Rother District Council.
The clock’s recent upgrade was thanks to the sponsorship and support of three local businesses. A supply of hard-wearing masonry paint was provided by Sussex-based decorating chain Brewers and the refurbishment was carried out by Hastings-based companies Avco Maintenance and Alfa Electric.
Cllr Stuart Earl, Rother District Council member for Bexhill St Marks, says the recent works are a great improvement and gives a huge boost to the seafront. “The clock tower is a wonderful structure but was showing signs of wear and tear,” he said.
“It now looks as good as new and provides a really attractive feature on the seafront, particularly at night when it looks stunning under the new lights.
“We’re really grateful to the companies involved for their public-spirited gesture in donating their materials and time for free to restore a much-loved Bexhill monument.”
The completion of the refurbishment work was marked with a ceremony attended by Cllr Earl, Bexhill Central members Cllr Abul Azad and Cllr Joy Hughes, council officers and representatives of the companies involved in the refurbishment.