12, 2012 In
photos and video: Time's up for Highbridge's 'three-faced liar'
historic town clock - which was known as the 'three-faced liar'
because its three clock faces rarely told the same time - was
demolished on Thursday (April 12th) to make way for a new one.
familiar landmark was taken down by workmen in a delicate operation
that started at 10am.
team of six contractors working on behalf of the Town Council
used ropes, pulleys and scaffolding to bring the clock down exactly
40 years after it was first installed.
Town Clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
clock face came down without any problems, but the concrete pillar
underneath it was in a very poor condition and was crumbling apart."
clock face itself is to be bought by a local collector, who is
the work to demolish the clock complete, the Council's attention
has turned to installing the new £20,000 clock in its place.
new four-faced clock, which has been funded by donations, is due
to arrive in late April and be installed in time for June's Jubilee
and pledges amounted to £16,700 and came from around 30
residents and businesses, including one single donation of £5,000.
Town Council will be putting the names of all those who donated
cash into a hat and drawing a name who will be invited to officially
open the landmark. Those who have given donations will also be
acknowledged on a plaque to be sited at Highbridge Community Hall
in Market Street.
old clock was known as the 'three-faced liar' because its faces
rarely told the same time and had needed to be replaced for several
site 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
original clock was replaced in 1965, a year after a lorry demolished
it and the one demolished today was re-sited in 1972 in the gardens.
Workmen demolishing the town clock in Highbridge on Thursday and,
above, how it looked before work began
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