Chester's famous Eastgate Clock

September 25, 2020 1 min read

The famous Roman city of Chester boasts a four-sided turret clock, above the east gate of the ancient city defence walls.

Supplied by 'Joyce & Co, Whitchurch' in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, it was officially opened in May 1899 for Queen Victoria's 80th birthday.

The mechanical movement was wound weekly by a technician sent from Joyce & Co right up until 1974, until it was replaced in 1992 by an electric mechanism.

A couple of very interesting facts -

  • only three of the four sides actually bear a dial, and legend has it that the missing, facing Wales, is a nod towards the ill will between the English and their Welsh neighbours!
  • It is the second most photographed timepiece in the world after Big Ben!

 


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