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Rudely but surely they bedded the plinth of the days to come.
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Rudely but greatly begat they the framing of State and Shire
Rudely but deeply they laboured, and their labour stand till now.
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Author Topic: Gravesend Clock Tower  (Read 4200 times)

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Re: Gravesend Clock Tower
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2012, 10:01:11 »
This clocktower was built in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee: the foundation stone was laid by the then mayor on 6 September 1887; the official opening on 5 June 1888 was conducted by Mayor H Berkowitz (headmaster of the Jewish Academy, Tivoli House). Architect was John Johnson, who had collaborated with Alfred Messon on the Alexandra Palace, and the clock's specification was by Lord Grimthorpe who had also had responsibilty for Big Ben. A telegram was sent to Queen Victoria at Balmoral on that latter day.

[Information from Britain in Old Photographs: Gravesend by Robert H Hiscock, 2006


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Gravesend Clock Tower
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