Time to start work on 'Albert'

RESTORATION of one of Barnstaple's most iconic landmarks is set to get underway at the end of next month. The famous Albert Clock will have a whole programme of repair works carried out to the stonework, bell tower, clock workings, faces and the timing me

RESTORATION of one of Barnstaple's most iconic landmarks is set to get underway at the end of next month.The famous Albert Clock will have a whole programme of repair works carried out to the stonework, bell tower, clock workings, faces and the timing mechanism.Scaffolding will go up around the "Four-Faced Liar" - so-called because each of the tower's four faces tell a slightly different time - at the end of March. Albert is expected to remain hidden from view until late August.Residents and visitors to the town will be able to monitor the progress of the works on special interpretation boards that will be put up in the Square.Locally based firm, Morgan Ashurst Plc, has been awarded the contract for the work, while the project will be managed by Barnstaple Town Council in partnership with David Wilson Partnership and Gates Safety Management Ltd, both of which are based in the town.Mayor of Barnstaple, Cllr Jeremy Phillips, said: "I am pleased this project is underway and that so many Barnstaple businesses are involved in the repair and restoration of a local landmark."Nerys Watts, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the South West, said: "We are thrilled to restore this historic local landmark and open it up for the community."As well as conserving an important heritage asset in Barnstaple, the project will give the public much wider access to and knowledge about the heritage of the Albert Clock and its place in the town, both physically and through interpretation boards outlining its rich history.


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