Victoria Street Clock Tower, Christchurch

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The Victoria Clock Tower, also known as the Diamond Jubilee Clock Tower, is a heritage-registered clock tower located in Christchurch, New Zealand. Designed by Benjamin Mountfort, it is registered as a "Historic Place – Category I" by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.HistoryCanterbury Provincial Council BuildingsMountfort designed the clock tower in ca 1858, to be placed on top of the first section of the Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings. The iron tower and clock was constructed in Coventry and arrived in December 1860 in 147 boxes, but it was determined that the building structure would be unable to support the tower's weight. The clock was then placed in the stone tower of the Provincial Council Buildings in Armagh Street, and whilst its face could not be seen, the chime could be heard for a distance of 2 miles. The clock was not in good repair, impacted by the sea journey, and it remained in the tower for a short time only. The iron tower, meanwhile, stood for several years in the courtyard of the Provincial Council Buildings.With the abolition of Provincial Government in New Zealand in 1876, the clock tower became the property of the Crown, but it was transferred to Christchurch City Council.High / Manchester intersectionAfter being stored for 30 years in a council yard in Worcester Street, it was decided that the tower would be used as part of a monument to Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. A competition for a stone tower was held and won by the local architecture firm of Strouts and Ballantyne. The clock was returned to the United Kingdom for renovation, and the addition of chimes. In 1897 it was erected on a stone base at the intersection of Manchester Street, Lichfield Streets and High Streets and remained there until 1930 when it was removed due to it being deemed a traffic hazard and impediment. The Hamilton Borough Council unsuccessfully tried to buy the clock tower at this point.
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  • This was located right by the apartment we were staying in. It is a lovely clock tower and worth stopping by for a photograph or two if you are in the area.  more »
  • A must see for Christchurch. Situated on the heart of Victoria street. So beautiful and definitely a must see when visiting Christchurch  more »
  • The gold features glow when this ChCh symbol is lit up at night, even more stunning when the Canterbury Plains are turning on a beautiful sunset. The gardens are maintained and always a tourist whethe...  more »
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  • Fortunately, this one is still there. Also in good condition. Sad for the house next door, this is uninhabitable by the cracks.