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A right ticking off for Barnstaple

14:45 04 June 2014

One side of the clock tower in the Square

One side of the clock tower in the Square


The Gazette investigated how accurate the clocks in Barnstaple really are...

The outside view of the bus stationThe outside view of the bus station

NEXT time it feels like time’s flying by in Barnstaple, be warned: it might just be the clock you’re looking at.

Barnstaple’s Albert Clock in the Square is infamously dubbed ‘the four-faced liar’, with each clock face deliberately giving a different time.

But what about the town centre’s other timekeepers?

The Gazette decided to find out how accurate they were, using a mobile phone clock as a point of reference.

Only four of the 14 clocks examined in the town matched the time given on the phone – fewer than a third.

These were found outside Marks and Spencer; above the Guildhall; on the outside of the bus station; and on the Parish Church in Paternoster Row.

Five more of the clocks were within three minutes of the time given by the phone – including all four sides of the notorious ‘four-faced liar’ – but others were considerably less reliable.

Both sides of the clock outside NatWest in the High Street were about an hour behind – with two minutes between them, depending on the direction you’re walking in.

Further down High Street, the clock above Rossiter and Sons jewellers also offered two different takes on the time, with one side six minutes fast and the other nine minutes ahead.

The clock above Betfred on High Street was furthest out of all – some five hours behind.

And buses are never late at Barnstaple bus station – according to the bus station clock!

Don’t be fooled – we found the clock on the inside of the bus station to be 11 minutes slow.

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