Question: When does a Coronation Clock become a Memorial Clock? Answer: When it’s in
Redcar! Let me explain…
During the future Edward
VII’s long wait for the British throne, he became something of a
regular at the bracing North-East seaside resorts that are Redcar and Coatham. So much so, in fact, that when he was due to
finally succeed his mother as monarch in 1901, the local dignitaries thought it
a splendid idea to raise a special Clock Tower in his honour – so they set
about collecting donations.
Come 1910 and the death of the said monarch, they had another whip-round and this time the locals dug a little deeper. The erection was finally built and dedicated as a, erm, Memorial Clock Tower. Architect: William Duncan. Builder: John Dobson. Clock by Robert Richardson. Unveiled
29th January 1913.
Better late than never.
The image is from a 1914 postcard. The clock was restored to working order in 2006.