Fundraising to restore clock faces at St Laurence-in-Thanet’s Church – The Isle Of Thanet News

Saint-Laurent-en-Thanet Church

A fundraising effort has been launched to restore the clock faces of St Laurence-in-Thanet’s Church in Ramsgate.

St Lawrence High Street Church had the four face clock installed in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

Most towers have only one dial, including Canterbury Cathedral, but St. Lawrence can boast of four having been paid for by public subscription and built by GJ Smith and Sons, Midland Steam Clock Works , Derby.

Unfortunately, after 125 years of weather exposure, the faces have become blackened making it difficult to see the markings and numbers.

To mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, it has been decided to launch another public appeal for the restoration of the clock.

Fundraising events are planned, including an auction in November that features more than 100 lots, including a “detached country house” with a twist (to be revealed).

Works were also donated by painters Mick Cairns and his daughter Sally-Ann who are bell ringers at the church.

Mick is hosting the auction as part of the effort to raise £90,000 for the restoration of the clock face.

Mick and his fellow ringers

He said: “This clock is a very important heritage item in Ramsgate. Whichever way you cross St Lawrence, you can’t help but stare at the tower to note the time.

“We want to restore it to the condition it was built for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

“The mechanisms need to be taken apart as the clocks have gone on but are out of sync and the faces and glass need to be cleaned.”

The auction will take place in the parish hall on November 18 from 7 p.m. and is open to all.

Keep up to date with the fundraising effort at

Martha J. Finley