• Design - Timepiece with additional wheel to shorten the weight drop
• Frame - Flatbed
• Escapement - Pinwheel (48 pins)
• Pendulum - 1 1/4 seconds
• Number of dials - 4
• Operation - Now: electrical unit. Original mechanism removed to Grosvenor Museum store
Installed in 1899, the Eastgate Clock is positioned on the bridge over Eastgate Street in the city of Chester. The whole structure of the public clock and gateway, as one, is classified as a Grade I listed building and the timepiece is believed to be the second most photographed clock in England to “Big Ben” in Westminster.
Proposed as a commemoration for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria (1897), JB Joyce & Company was given responsibility for the clock design, installation, and maintenance. The clock officially began ticking on the 24th of May, 1899. Today, Smith of Derby group proudly maintains the timepiece.
The clocks has four, four foot six inch dials that were originally gas lit, but are now powered by electricity with battery back-up with a computer chip maintaining precise timing. The timepiece has a flatbed frame, a pinwheel escapement (48 pins), and was designed with an additional wheel in the train to shorten the weight drop.
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