Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Jubilee Clock Tower, Seaton, Devon

Built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Jubilee, the clock tower stands on the topmost part of Jubilee gardens. Originally the site of a large residentially building, the lower part of the gardens were landscaped after the house was bombed during World War II.

This included a precipitous rockery, winding steps, waterfall, meandering stream and two ponds, making a delightful foreground to Seaton's favourite landmark.  Sadly, the stream and lower pond have been removed and landscaped over, turning the area around the pond into a half-amphitheatre, the area below that mainly concrete.

The top oblong pond still remains however.

Built with lovely red brick and tiles, I would have expected the dressings to be in Beer Stone, taken from the nearby limestone quarry in the village of Beer, but it looks more like sandstone because of the striations.

Some lovely attention to detail, as was the case in Victorian times; a tiny but pretty stained glass window, above, now protected from further damage by a covering of perspex. And below, a delightful trefoil above the door.

The original clock mechanism, complete with bells, was removed during the 1990's and is now on display in Seaton Museum.

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