The West Street jewellers Wakefield’s have repaired the big clock that sits above their shopfront. As an added bonus the internal illumination has been brought back into working order too; you’ll need to wait until the nights draw in to appreciate that. However, they haven’t worked since the mid 80’s so a few more months won’t be a hardship.

This site spotted the woodworking firm Leadbeaters carrying out the removal back in January 2016. The clock was fitted in 1935 but began to lose time at the end of 2015. It was removed and its rapid replacement was anticipated but, according to reports in the West Sussex County Times, it required more work than originally thought. Horologist Gordon Hoare worked on the movement whilst Leadbeaters attended to the woodwork.

Some might question the authenticity of the cross head screws that are now visible. They have been around since the mid 1930’s but it is unlikely they would have bee n used in the original build of this clock.

Wakefield's clock
Wakefield’s clock

Final thought; should their be an apostrophe before the ‘s’ in Wakefields; I think so but perhaps that rule doesn’t apply with block capitals.

Wakefield's Clock in 2006
Wakefield’s Clock in 2006