Coalville’s Memorial Clock Tower will get a new roof and new internal steel supports, a detailed inspection has confirmed.
Restoration work to the Grade II listed clock tower began in June, funded in part by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund and War Memorials Trust.
Scaffold covering the whole height of the 21 metre memorial tower has allowed contractors working on behalf of North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) to carry out intricate hammer testing on the tower’s stonework and up close inspections of the steel and timber used in the structure.
The inspection showed that the stone and brickwork is in a good condition, with only small areas that need to be repointed.
It also confirmed that the roof will need to be replaced entirely. Leaks through the roof have damaged the internal timbers and steelwork, which will all be replaced.
The steel lintels above the high level windows are also corroded, which has damaged some of the brickwork around the windows. The lintels and any damaged bricks will be replaced.
Having planned for this level of restoration, the project to restore the clock tower is on schedule and budget, and is due to be completed by October 2018, with no disruption on Remembrance commemoration events marking the centenary of the end of WW1.
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 is contributing towards the repair work and an educational outreach programme.
The memorial tower is also benefitting from a grant of £30,000 from the Grants for War Memorials scheme supported by the First World War Memorials Programme and Historic England.
The remaining funding is provided by NWLDC.
Anyone who would like to learn more about the history of the Coalville Memorial Clock Tower and the surrounding area can find information and historic pictures around the base of the tower in Memorial Square, Coalville while the work is ongoing. All information and images have been kindly provided by the Coalville Heritage Society.
Visit the Choose Coalville website for more information about the Coalville Memorial Clock Tower Project.
Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of NWLDC, said: “The Memorial Clock Tower is incredibly important to local people, having stood in the centre of the town since 1925. How appropriate it is that we’re doing this work in 2018 as we move towards the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in November 2018.
“The restoration work won’t make the tower seem much different from the street, but there’s a lot of work going on inside to protect it for future generations to know and love.”
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
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About War Memorials Trust
War Memorials Trust is an independent registered charity. Established in 1977 due to concerns about neglect and vandalism it works to protect and conserve war memorials. It provides advice, information and administers grants schemes that assist the repair and conservation of war memorials across the UK. As a charity the Trust relies on voluntary contributions to undertake its work. Supporters include annual and life members, donors, charitable trusts and corporate contributors.
War Memorials Trust administers a number of grant programmes supporting war memorials across the UK.
Published: Fri 27 July, 2018