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Work starts to repair town clock


The 200,000 project to revamp Machynlleth town clock will involve re-pointing masonry and replacing its ageing mechanism

Work has started to restore an historic landmark in a Powys town.

The £200,000 project to revamp Machynlleth town clock will involve re-pointing masonry and replacing its ageing mechanism.

The first phase of repairs to the 78-foot (23.7m) tall Victorian timepiece is expected to take about 20 weeks.

A town clock appeal, which started seven years ago, has raised £30,000, and it has also received £91,000 from Powys council's built heritage fund.

But chair of Machynlleth Town Clock Appeal, councillor Glenda Jenkins, said it could be another year before the clock was back in working order.

The Powys council grant will pay for the first two phases of the work, but money for the final part of the revamp will hopefully come from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Machynlleth town clock
It's brilliant to think that the work has started
Clock appeal chair Glenda Jenkins

Mrs Jenkins's committee is about to submit an application with the HLF.

Mrs Jenkins said: "It's brilliant to think that the work has started.

"The priority is the masonry work because the weather is causing a lot of damage.

"The first phase will also pay for repairs to the clock's mechanism and the clock face.

"The second phase will start next year and we hope money for the final phase will come from the Heritage Lottery Fund."

Mrs Jenkins, who started the fundraising campaign seven years ago, has organised a string of events, and even made an appeal for money through Welsh newspapers in Australia and the United States in 2005.

In 2003, she received a signed book and photo from Welsh movie star Ioan Gruffudd.

The clock was built in 1873 to celebrate the 21st birthday of Viscount Castlereagh, the son of the fifth Marquess of Londonderry, who lived at Y Plas in Machynlleth.

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