An historic moment this week saw Chelsea’s D Block Clock begin rather a special journey up North. The elderly timepiece, which has steadfastly refused to tell the time since Chelsea College moved in ten years ago, has been sent off for some much needed tlc.
As far as we know, this will be the first time the clock has been removed from the building since the Royal Army Medical College was built, circa 1898. Clock specialists Smith of Derby coaxed the 100 year old+ clock face from its casings (it was understandably reluctant!), while a cherry picker stood by to lower it to safety down below.
The clock is now en route up to Derby where it will be restored to its former glory at Smith of Derby’s clock workshop. The clock will have its gold leaf edging and roman numerals reinstated, and will also be fitted with a brand new mechanism as well as backlighting.
Smith have promised to send photos of their progress, and we all look forward to welcoming home our clock, as good as new.
Post and photos by Alex Scott. This was originally posted on the UAL Estates blog.
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