December 7, 2010
Highbridge's 'three-faced liar' town
clock may get a fourth face!
crumbling town clock looks set to be replaced with a new four-faced
clock in 2012 costing between £20,000 and £25,000.
The Town Council confirmed this week that it is awaiting detailed
drawings and plans from two commercial clock manufacturers for
the new design.
While no final decisions have been taken on the final look of
clock, Town Council Clerk Eileen Shaw said: "The four faced
clock is considered to be more suitable as there are now four
roads leading from the roundabout as opposed to three when the
original three-faced clock had been erected."
clock - known locally as the 'three-faced liar' because its faces
rarely tell the same time - has a long history, having been built
by Rainforths of Bridgwater and unveiled at Highbridge's Cornhill
by the junction of Church Street and Market Street in 1897 to
commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The original clock
was replaced in 1965, a year after a lorry demolished it and the
current one was re-sited in 1972.
John Morgan expressed concerns at Monday's meeting that the design
of the new clock will not feature enough of Highbridge's heritage
on several plaques to be added to the clock's faces.
"The town of Highbridge has in the past been linked to things
like railways, bricks, cheese and bacon - not the Queen's Jubilee.
I don't want to see Highbridge's heritage forgotten in the new
design," he said.
Janet Keen added: "There is an active local history group
in Highbridge whom I am sure would be happy to put together historical
information about the town for use on the designs."
Joe Leach told Monday's meeting he welcomes the proposed new design
of the clock, adding: "I think the proposals to modernise
the clock are very welcome."
reported earlier this year that Raglan Homes, which is building
a new development of houses next to the town's Asda store, will
give £10,000 of community funding towards the cost of the