When visiting Newmarket, it is hard to miss the impressive clock tower that marks the top of the High Street. It is easy to appreciate the obvious beauty of this wonderful piece of architecture, but surprisingly few actually know its history.
This type of clock tower is known as a ‘Jubilee Clock’ and it was originally erected to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.
Officially opened in 1890, it was constructed by local builder Richard Arber and was paid for by the people of the town by “voluntary contribution”. The clock itself was donated by Charles Blanton, a Newmarket racehorse trainer and to this day it is wound by hand every week.
To find out more about the Clocktower and the history of the town, join us on our Walking Tour – click here.
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Whilst the nation did not celebrate VE Day in quite the way everyone thought they would, with good old British spirit, there was indeed great merriment as people celebrated with their neighbours from the safety of our own gardens.
27/04/2020In preparation of the Great Escape …..
Many of us will be keen to be out in the fresh air and do something active when lock down is lifted.
Whilst it may be a while before we can visit our much loved eateries , we thought it was worth reminding everyone what fabulous restaurants and cafes we have in town as well as close by.
04/03/2020Plan the perfect Mother’s Day spoils
Need some ideas for planning the perfect spoils this Mother’s Day?