Hythe Projecting Clock

May 29, 2019 News

Hythe Town Hall has a prominent projecting clock as part of the building facade.  Originally built in 1974, the Town Hall was a Guildhall but now houses Hythe Town council offices. In early 2019 Smith of Derby were commissioned to complete the clock restoration, ensuring it’s a focal point of Hythe for many years to follow.  

The clock was installed Circa 1890 when many projecting clocks of a similar design were installed. This trend was because of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, which was celebrated in 1887, as many locations chose to have a commemorative projecting clock.

After many years of service, the clock was removed and returned to Derby in early 2019 so a full restoration program could commence. A new clock drum was fabricated from high-grade aluminum as the existing one was badly corroded along with a replica decorative plate which has been a feature of the clock since its original installation.

Left to right: The origional clock drum, the new clock drum and the decorative plate.

Following work in our Derby works the clock was returned to its Kent home and re-installed on the Town Hall for residents and visitors of Hythe to see once again.

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