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Restoration Work Starts On Guildford’s Iconic Guildhall and Town Clock

Published on: 20 Jan, 2022
Updated on: 20 Jan, 2022

Scaffolders started their work at the Guildhall on Monday

By Hugh Coakley

Essential restoration work started on the historic Guildhall yesterday (January 19) following the completion of work to erect scaffolding at the front of the building.

The work, including repairs to woodwork, windows, leadwork, ironwork and redecoration as well as work on the famous clock, is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete.

See also: Two of Guildford’s Historic Buildings To Get Some TLC

The freestanding scaffolding is being erected to enable the town clock and bell tower to be safely accessed and will allow access for pedestrians to the High Street.

Freestanding scaffolding, now erected, at the Guildhall to allow safe access to the town clock case (the workings are in the roof space) and bell tower.

And for another of the town’s heritage assets, the 17th-century, Grade I Listed Guildford House, scaffolding is already in place at the rear to allow inspection and any necessary repairs to the timber-framed building.

There has been delay to the works as the scaffolding had to be extended to the adjacent National Westminster bank. The work is expected to take around 25 weeks.

Lead for the economy John Redpath (R4GV, Holy Trinity) said work was expected to start shortly on Guildford House but said: “until the mathematical tiles at the rear had been removed, we won’t know the full extent of the works”.

Scaffolding at the back of Guildford House for essential repairs to be carried out.

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  1. Aubrey Leahy Reply

    January 25, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Amazing how well the clock has survived and dominated the High Street.

    Nearly twenty years before it was installed a great plague ravished the land. How little things have changed in over 300 years. Let us hope that the current restoration will keep it going for another 300.

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