Gravesend's Jubilee clock tower gets £172,000 spruce-up

Gravesend clock tower Image copyright Chris Downer
Image caption A new lighting system will be installed on the monument

A clock tower built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee is to be restored thanks to a £172,300 National Lottery grant.

The 51ft (15m) Grade II-listed tower in Gravesend, Kent, was built in 1887.

The money will be used to repair the stonework, restore the clock faces and hands, and to install a lighting scheme to illuminate the tower at night.

Gravesham Borough Council also plans to organise an exhibition and workshops to enable schools to explore its history.

When it was first built, the dial on the clock was lit by gaslight which turned off automatically at daylight.

Under the foundation stone in a sealed bottle are copies of local papers and coins minted especially for the Jubilee.

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