Barrowby tower piece running like clockwork again

The restored clock in Barrowby.
The restored clock in Barrowby.
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After years of only telling the correct time twice a day, the old tower clock on Casthorpe Road in Barrowby is now working again.

The new clock movement has been designed, built and installed by Cliff Freeman of Grantham’s The Clock Shop.

Cliff, who runs the clock repair and restoration business located in Westgate, said: “The clock was also chiming in the early hours and as it’s above a bedroom I was asked to change that.”

Getting the clock ticking again was part of a renovation project by Grange Developments, who are coverting a number of properties on the site called Blue Cedar Grange.

According to the history of Barrowby’s All Saints Church, the clock tower was particularly popular with its Rector Canon Welby, forming part of his retirement gift after 50 years service to the church and village during the 1800s.

However it had fallen into disrepair and Mark Howard who runs Westborough-based Grange Developments with his wife Tammie said: “The building was literally falling to pieces, so it was wonderful to bring it back to life. For the village the clock tower is iconic.”

As well as commissioning Cliff to fix the clock, the couple have transformed the old premises using modern touches like a striking glass extension.

The renovated property has now been sold to a family, with the couple’s development of the rest of the surrounding buildings ongoing.