Stop the clock! 

Town Hall

Bolton Council will be stopping the Town Hall clock on Tuesday May 21 for the first time in over 20 years.

The Town Hall clock has not been chiming properly for several months, due to a mechanical fault, although it has continued to tell the time correctly.

Bolton Council approached the original manufacturer of the clock, Potts of Leeds, who made the clock in 1872 and asked them to assist in supplying new parts to enable the clock to chime again.

As these types of clock parts are no longer made, the manufacturer had to copy parts from another 19th century clock in Newcastle and then have them cast to order to fit the Bolton clock.

The clock will be stopped for four days while the work is carried out and when complete, the clock will maintain its accuracy and will once again be chiming.

Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council said: “The Town Hall clock is a popular part of the landscape in the town centre and residents love to hear its chimes. It was important to us to restore the clock to its former glory and we were delighted that the original manufacturer of the clock was able to make us some bespoke parts. We hope that residents will be pleased to hear it once again chiming out the time, as its has done for over 100 years.”

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