Eastgate Clock, Chester
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A public appeal for funds was launched, and subscribers were asked to donate funds for an Institute of Nurses, a memorial tower, or a clock on the Eastgate. Public opinion favoured thefirst two proposals, but a concerted effort by proponents of the clock raised the necessary funds.
A design by John Douglas was approved in March, 1897. Douglas planned for a stone clock, but it was feared his design would block light to neighbouring buildings. After much public debate the stone clock design was cast aside in favour of a metal structure.
The inner works of the clock were donated by city solicitor Edward Evans-Lloyd, who also provided the clock face. The supporting structure was paid for by the money donated by the public, and the city agreed to be responsible for maintaining the clock.
Apparently public opinion was divided over the clock design - some thought it overly fanciful, even garish, and out of step with its surroundings. However, over the course of time the Eastgate Clock has become one of the symbols of Chester.
About Eastgate Clock
Address: 41-45 Eastgate, Chester, Cheshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Just south of the Cathedral.
Website: Eastgate Clock
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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