Report - Herne Bay Clock Tower May 2015

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Jun 25, 2012
North East Kent
Built in 1837 the Clock Tower is a listed building on Herne Bay seafront. It stands at 85 feet tall and has 4 clock faces. The cost of building the clock tower was covered by a local benefactor Ann Thwayts. Costing £4000 to build using inheritance from her tea merchant husband. It has recently had a restoration with over £350,000 spent on it. With lots of new stone work, arches replaced and with the clock face getting some gold leaf.

With this being so open on the sea front, it was always going to be a challenge to find a way inside without being seen. Having checked it out numerous times before for an entry point, myself and two other explorers late into one evening found ourselves inside, ripped trousers and all.

As you can imagine there is not a huge amount of room inside. To get to the top you have to make your way up some wooden ladders up to the clock room. Above this up a further metal ladder is the bell tower. With space being so small the ladder brings you directly into the inside of the bell. With the clapper on the outside of the bell. Word of warning - Never have your head inside a large bell when it rings. Much to the other twos amusement.













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