Published: Tuesday, 3rd April 2018

A historic clock is back in its rightful place in the heart of historic Rochester.

The Sir Cloudesley Shovell Clock has been repaired and was unveiled in the High Street, outside Rochester Corn Exchange, on Thursday, 29 March.

The clock contains a time capsule, full of messages from primary school children, explaining what they love the most about living in Medway. Some of their favourite things included shopping in the town centres, exploring the area’s parks and learning about Medway’s historic castles. The council hopes it will help future generations understand what it was like to live, learn, work and visit Medway in 2017 – the year Medway commemorated 350 years since the Battle of Medway.

The historic timepiece, like most of the High Street, is steeped in history and dates back to 1771. It was a gift from Sir Cloudesley, MP for Rochester from 1695 to 1701, and was first repaired in 1890. During the latest repair the two clock faces were taken off and the story of its last repair, 67 years ago, was found. When it is put back up it will contain a fibre glass board to help protect the clock for years to come. The back board has also been removed and will be repaired before it is put on display at the Guildhall Museum so it can tell the story of the clock so far.

Cllr Adrian Gulvin, Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: “I am delighted the much loved Sir Cloudesley Shovell Clock is back on display in its rightful place. It was fascinating to see when the previous repairs were completed and to note that there appear to have been no repairs for 67 years. The time capsule was a fantastic idea and captured the imagination of our local school children.”

The council’s main contractor for the repairs was Rochester based business Ellan Gray, who used a specialist based in the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

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