Work begins to restore Chester's historic Eastgate clock

Chester Clock Image copyright Philip Pankhurst/Geograph
Image caption The clock was installed in 1897, and the archway itself dates back to Roman times

Work has begun to restore an historic clock in Chester as part of a £500,000 project to conserve the city's ancient walls.

Scaffolding is being erected around the clock, which was installed on Eastgate Bridge to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

The road either side of the landmark will be closed from 10.30-16:00 GMT Monday to Friday for up to eight weeks.

A protective covering will feature an image of the clock throughout the work.

Mike Jones, leader of Cheshire West and Chester council, said the work was postponed until after Christmas to avoid disruption over the festive period.

Image copyright John Turner/Geograph
Image caption A blue plaque details the history of the familiar landmark

He added: "I would like to thank residents, businesses and visitors alike for bearing with us while we work to safeguard the future of one of our city's most prized assets."

The archway itself was once a gateway to a Roman fortress in the city.

The restoration will also see sections of damaged sandstone repaired, and heraldry on the bridge - including the arms of the County Palatine Richard Grosvenor, the sword of justice and three sheaves - re-gilded.

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