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Historic times as Edmonton Green Clock returns

Published Wednesday, 03 April 2013

After a 24 year absence, the historic Edmonton Town Hall Clock has been returned to the community it first served in 1903.

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The clock was given a new home on Fore Street , Edmonton Green, and unveiled on Thursday 28 March by Enfield Council's Mayor, Cllr Kate Anolue and Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, Cllr Andrew Stafford. It is one of only six of its kind in existence.

The clock dates from 1903 and was originally part of Edmonton Town Hall , which was built in 1884 and extended in 1903, and which stood on the site of the ASDA supermarket. The clock originally hung from the Town Hall front on Knights Lane but was later moved to the Fore Street facing.

Enfield Council used £35,000 funding from a grant secured from the Mayor's Outer London Fund and its own Neighbourhood Regeneration Capital Programme to identify a site for the clock, obtain planning permission, build a new structure to support the clock and install a regulator so it will keep the correct time. This work was completed by November 2012. Once a power connection was in place, the clock was installed on the green at the corner of Bridge Street and Fore Street , opposite its original location.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, Cllr Andrew Stafford, said: "This historic timepiece is very much a part of the borough's history and heritage and we are delighted it has been returned to its rightful place in Edmonton Green.

"Many residents remember the old town hall and the clock because they were married in the town hall and others used the clock to keep time as they went to work or conducted their daily business. It has been an important part of the community for more than a hundred years and the whole of Edmonton Green is pleased that we've managed to return the clock and retain a little of the areas history and heritage for future generations to value."

The clock was made by William Potts & Sons of Leeds in 1903 and was installed on the Knights Lane side of Edmonton Town Hall . The clock was fitted with a double three legged gravity escapement, the design of which was developed by Lord Grimthorpe in the 1850’s for the new clock fitted in the Palace of Westminster , commonly known as Big Ben. Not long after 1903 the Town Hall was extended and the clock was moved to an end wall of the building. The Town Hall was demolished in 1989 to make way for new development. But the clock was saved by Enfield Council and put in storage.

The clock was given a new home on Fore Street , Edmonton Green, and unveiled on Thursday 28 March by Enfield Council's Mayor, Cllr Kate Anolue and Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, Cllr Andrew Stafford. It is one of only six of its kind in existence.

The clock dates from 1903 and was originally part of Edmonton Town Hall , which was built in 1884 and extended in 1903, and which stood on the site of the ASDA supermarket. The clock originally hung from the Town Hall front on Knights Lane but was later moved to the Fore Street facing.

Enfield Council used £35,000 funding from a grant secured from the Mayor's Outer London Fund and its own Neighbourhood Regeneration Capital Programme to identify a site for the clock, obtain planning permission, build a new structure to support the clock and install a regulator so it will keep the correct time. This work was completed by November 2012. Once a power connection was in place, the clock was installed on the green at the corner of Bridge Street and Fore Street , opposite its original location.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, Cllr Andrew Stafford, said: "This historic timepiece is very much a part of the borough's history and heritage and we are delighted it has been returned to its rightful place in Edmonton Green.

"Many residents remember the old town hall and the clock because they were married in the town hall and others used the clock to keep time as they went to work or conducted their daily business. It has been an important part of the community for more than a hundred years and the whole of Edmonton Green is pleased that we've managed to return the clock and retain a little of the areas history and heritage for future generations to value."

The clock was made by William Potts & Sons of Leeds in 1903 and was installed on the Knights Lane side of Edmonton Town Hall . The clock was fitted with a double three legged gravity escapement, the design of which was developed by Lord Grimthorpe in the 1850’s for the new clock fitted in the Palace of Westminster , commonly known as Big Ben. Not long after 1903 the Town Hall was extended and the clock was moved to an end wall of the building. The Town Hall was demolished in 1989 to make way for new development. But the clock was saved by Enfield Council and put in storage.

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