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Eastgate Clock, Chester

Chester’s Eastgate Clock is the UK’s second most photographed clock after Big Ben. It stands on the pedestrian bridge over Eastgate and is part of the city’s Roman wall.

A survey of ornamental detail found a significant number of flowers to be replacements. Repairs had been made in wood and the ‘VR’ motifs above the clock faces were plastic replicas! Several coats of paint had been applied over the years forming a crust that had pulled away from metal surfaces trapping water.

Non-original flowers and other features were replicated in authentic material, referencing the original architect’s drawings where possible.

An oil-based paint system was used to redecorate and protect the ironwork. Gilding was also included in our contract.

Railings along other sections of the wall were also replaced, particularly those adjacent to the HSBC bank, and feature a new design.

Before: Paint completely delaminated from ironwork with water pooling behind.

Before: Paint completely delaminated from ironwork with water pooling behind.

Before: Typical paint condition

Before: Typical paint condition

Before: Some of the cast iron mouldings had been replaced before in wood

Before: Some of the cast iron mouldings had been replaced before in wood

Wrought iron flowers re-created from original architect's drawings

Wrought iron flowers re-created from original architect's drawings

Paintwork and gilding nearing completion

Paintwork and gilding nearing completion

Finished job

Finished job

Testimonial

“We have worked with Calibre on a number of projects, within the historic environment. The most recent project was the Eastgate Clock, Chester City Walls. The Eastgate is located in the centre of the City, very much in the public eye. Calibre assisted us in developing the ironwork repairs and repainting system, sympathetic to the historic ironwork, the surrounding materials and the public setting, whilst also providing longevity that the client required. Calibre’s approach showed a clear understanding of conservation principles, and knowledge of historic ironwork, whilst providing a very professional service from all members of their team.”

Paul Maddison, Ramboll

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