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Clock Tower Project

Coalville Memorial Clock Tower
Coalville Memorial Clock Tower on a sunny day with blue skies

The Coalville Clock Tower Project is restoring our much-loved memorial tower and casting a light on its interesting history.

Bringing the history of the tower to you

Working with Heritage First and the Coalville Heritage Society, the Friends of Thringstone and the Swannington Heritage Trust, the history of the tower is being brought to life.

Restoring the tower

North West Leicestershire District Council, which is responsible for the Grade II listed tower, is working with contractors to restore the tower, after a structural survey showed it was at risk.

The roof was leaking, the steelwork inside the tower was rusted and the concrete base is fractured.

Phase one of this work to the tower itself started in May and is almost complete. Soon the restored faces will be returned to their home at the top of the clock tower and the scaffold will be removed, revealing a completely restored and structurally sound memorial tower.

The phase two work to repair the base of the tower and the steps will start after Remembrance events.

Work includes:

  • Repairs to the cast stone on the tower
  • Replacing the lead covering on the tower roof
  • Replacing the access door at the top of the tower
  • Repointing / replacing brick work as necessary
  • Installing a new lightning protection rod
  • Internal repairs to the access floors
  • Internal steel support replacement
  • Relaying the concrete paving and steps around the base of the tower
  • Electrical work on the internal and external lighting
  • Restoring the clock faces
  • Cleaning the stonework.

Thank you to National Lottery players!

The total cost of the repair work is £116,000. A National Lottery grant of £60,000 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which will contribute towards the repair works and the community history project.

Thank you to War Memorials Trust

The restoration work is also benefiting from £30,000 from the Grants for War Memorials scheme supported by the First World War Memorials Programme and Historic England.

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