Time is moving on for Douglas’ landmark Jubilee Clock, which has guarded the Victoria Street entrance to Loch Promenade since 1887.
The countdown has been begun on a delicate operation to dismantle and lift the cast iron clock tower onto a new plinth a short way from its current position.
Work is scheduled to take place over two days, starting on Thursday at 9am although this is subject to weather conditions.
It’s all part of the multi-million pound Douglas promenades refurbishment project.
Once in its new location, 8m south of its current home, there will be better views of the Jubilee Clock from further along Victoria Street. Pedestrians will be able to walk safely around the clock and seating will be provided on the new plinth.
Director of highways Richard Pearson told iomtoday: ‘Works are currently programmed for Thursday and Friday this week although as ever the weather may play a part.
‘The process is to dismantle and then crane the main part to the new plinth and then re-assemble. The clock is bolted down.
‘The whole process will take several days and some rusty components and nuts and bolts will be replaced and the paintwork touched up where needed. I understand that Douglas Council is considering a full re-paint in future once the clock is in its new position.
‘The clock will move about 8m to the south and this will place it on the centreline of Victoria Street such that the long view to the clock will be better.
‘The actual reason for moving it though is to allow the junction onto the Promenade to be opened out so that we can reinstate a pedestrian route. Allowing people to walk about easily and directly was one of the objectives we hoped to achieve as part of the Promenade refurbishment project.
‘Another secondary advantage is that in its new position the public will be able to walk all around the clock and also seating will be incorporated in the new plinth which is being installed in readiness at the moment.’
The four-faced clock with its octagonal column and plinth was installed for Queen’s Victoria’s golden jubilee and is a fine example of high Victorian decorative ironwork.
There is only one other like it in the British Isles - at Rotherham, South Yorkshire.