Crucial restoration works on the historic St Albans’ Clock Tower are now underway after a generous grant from Historic England.
The medieval clock tower which holds an integral place in the city’s rich history and is only surviving medieval town belfry in England will receive essential works to the auto-wind mechanism.
This comes after St Albans Museums who are responsible for managing and maintaining the clock tower received £5,240 from Historic England’s COVID-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund.
Work will be carried out clock restoration specialists, Smiths of Derby, who have years of experience with the clock after working to preserve it for years.
Councillor Anthony Rowlands, portfolio holder for leisure, heritage and public realm said he was thrilled that the works were underway.
He said: “The clock tower is an important local landmark and I am thrilled to hear that this essential work is now taking place. Continuing to conserve our built heritage is vital and I am grateful to Historic England for the grant.”
Following the government announcement last week, plans are now being created for reopening when guidelines allow. In the meantime, virtual tours are available here.