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Favorite thing: The Eastgate Clock is the second most photographed clock in the UK! At least that's what I've been told. The most photographed clock of course is Big Ben.
Chester is famous for it's clock, yet it was only built in 1897 and so in Chester terms it's quite a recent momument!
At the end of the last century, there was much discussion as to the best method of commemorating Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee- 60 years on the throne- and a committee was convened to settle the matter.
The offer of a commemorative clock was made by Colonel E. Evans-Lloyd, and this was accepted. The eminent Chester architect, John Douglas was asked to design it, and some local relations of his, the Swindleys of Overleigh Road, who happened to be specialists in ornamental ironwork, were commisioned to produce the mounting for the clock and the railings for the top of the gate. The clock itself was made by the company of J.B. Joyce of Whitchurch, who are to this day responsible for maintaining it- they formerly had to make frequent visits to wind the mechanism, but since its conversion to electricity, this is no longer necessary.
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