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Description: The Clock Tower
Date Listed: 29 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 170687
OS Grid Reference: TR1768968411
OS Grid Coordinates: 617689, 168411
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3730, 1.1263
5273 CENTRAL PARADE
The Clock Tower
TR 1768 SE 1/7 29.9.51.
Erected in 1836-7. Architect Edwin J Dangerfield. Portland stone. Round tower
surrounded on the ground floor by 4 fluted Doric columns on each front (counting
the corner ones twice) supporting a triglyph frieze and projecting cornice (of
which the centre is recessed with a panel inserted) with 4 steps above. Inset
on these steps stand 4 Corinthian columns surrounding the tower, with between them
on the east and west fronts a round-headed niche with an architrave over supported
on consoles. The columns support an entablature with dentilled cornice. Above
this the tower is square, each face flanked by pilasters with leaf capitals and
containing a clock face. Entablature and pediment above on each face, and then
an octagonal cupola containing 4 round-headed openings with pilasters between them,
cornice, parapet and dome over surmounted by pinnacle and weather vane. On the
east and west fronts of the ground floor is a doorway in moulded architrave surround,
wider at the bottom than the top, with pediment over supported on consoles and
containing double doors of 6 fielded panels. The north and south fronts have window
spaces in moulded architrave surrounds with cornice over of which that on the north
side has been converted into a war memorial of the South African War. The panel
inserted in the entablature of the ground floor on the east aide has the inscription: -
"The gift of Mrs Ann Thwaites to this town, 11 October, A.D. 1837." 2 cannons
now stand between the columns on the seaward side.
Listing NGR: TR1768968411
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Source: English Heritage
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