Watton High Street Clock Tower

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Watton Clock Tower 3
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The Wykamol Group are the Contractor's Choice for Historic Buildings in 2017

The Wykamol Group products have been used on two historic clock towers so far in 2017.

The Watton Clock Tower is situated on Watton high street in Norfolk, and in 2015 it’s clock face broke and the tower was found to be in a state of disrepair. The tower itself suffered a severe leak and the structural timbers were at risk of serious deterioration. 

The tower was built in 1679 by Christopher Hey, a wealthy local merchant who designed the unusual structure after a terrible town fire in 1674. The bell located in the tower acted as a warning bell, to be sounded in the event of another town disaster.

The Clock Tower was altered in 1827 when the brick was rendered in cement, and at the same time a new clock was installed. Later, in 1935 the clock face was replaced to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary.

Currently, it is much more difficult to make alterations to listed buildings, even if those alterations have the purpose of preserving the existing structure. Wherever possible, Historic England try to work with surveyors and contractors to ensure both the aesthetic and structural integrity of a building is maintained.

A report submitted by NPS, the project managers for the clock tower repairs, identified that work was needed on the copper roof, gutters and floors. The need for timber treatment was also identified.

Wykamol Registered Installers, B & W Damp and Timber, completed the application of chemical treatments to timbers in the roof and first floor flooring space of the clock tower. Lignum Pro D156 was selected as the appropriate timber treatment, as its dual purpose allows treatment of both dry and wet rot while repelling wood boring insects. Lignum Pro D156 penetrates deep into the timber to deliver the active ingredients, and effectively preserving the vital timber structures in the Watton Clock Tower.

Lignum Pro D156 is part of a range of wood treatment products which can be viewed here.

For advice on your Damp and Timber projects contact your regional Technical Manager or call Head Office on 0845 400 6666 to find the Technical Manager in your area.

 

References:

Watton and Swaffham Times - http://www.wattonandswaffhamtimes.co.uk/news/historic_watton_clock_tower_in_need_of_extensive_repairs_1_4278929

http://www.wattonandswaffhamtimes.co.uk/news/radical_renovation_project_for_watton_clock_tower_is_underway_1_4578086

Michael Rouse, Norfolk Through Time, (September 2011)

 

14th March 2017, 14:21
Page updated 3rd Apr 2017, 15:09
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