The Market Cross Clock
During February 2017, Smiths of Derby will be commencing work to replace the mechanism of the Market Cross clock.
The present mechanism, installed in 1904, is now at the end of its useful life and requires significant regular maintenance. The configuration of this mechanism with a separate ‘drive shaft’ to each face of the clock means that sometimes each face of the clock can show a different time. It can also gain and lose time according to weather conditions and temperature.
The City Council’s intentions have been the subject of consultation with Historic England, as Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent was required for these works to proceed.
A full automated mechanism will be installed, complete with a Permanent Converter Charge that will keep the clock running in the case of a prolonged power cut, the existing mechanism will be preserved in situ. The existing clock face backlighting is also being replaced with LED lighting.
This project is in support of work done by the City Council to clean and repair the Cross a short time ago.
Smiths of Derby are expected to be on site for four to six weeks, due to the specialist technical nature of the works.
Point of contact at Chichester City Council is: Peter Roberts, Property Manager. 01243 788502