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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  • Queen Victoria was building a clock in each of the major cities of his vast empire. Christcnhurch is an illustration that alas was much damaged.
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  • It’s nice to see some of the historic buildings being restored to their original state. Especially with still so much devastation in the downtown area  more »
  • Definitely a picture to take while in Christchurch, interesting to see it had stopped during the earthquake and that it was restored to its former glory. Amazing block work and something that should b...  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.
  • A piece of history recently rebuilt following earthquake damage
  • Clock tower...not much else to see

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