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Clock House Interpretation Panels

Started by Administrator, December 02, 2013, 02:12:10 pm

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Clock House Interpretation Panels

Three interpretation panels explaining the history of The Clock House, one of Newbury's most well known landmarks, have recently been installed.

The inspiration of the late Cllr Gina Houghton, and a long time in planning, they illustrate the key events in The Broadway's rich history. It is hard to imagine today, but in its heyday in the age of horse drawn coaches, it was the "M4" of its day! And very busy, as the coaches needed a change of 6 horses, not just a top up of fuel as now!

The Newbury Society has generously donated towards the costs of the panels which have been created by local company, Crescent Signs, together with Newbury Town Council.   

To complete the Clock House refurbishment project, traditional directional signage will be painted on the barge boards around the Clock House early in the New Year and the oak door will be refurbished at the same time.

The interpretation panels will be officially unveiled on Monday 9th December 2013 at 11 o'clock by the Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Anthony Pick together with Jeremy Holden-Bell of the Newbury Society.

Everyone is welcome to attend and see the history of Newbury's Clock House.
The Mayor of Newbury, Councillor Anthony Pick said, "I am delighted that the very significant role of Speenhamland in the history of Newbury and the country at large is being recognised and described through these interpretation panels.  I hope that they will presage future interpretation panels which will inform Newbury and our visitors of past events and people of importance."

Julian Swift-Hook, Leader of the Council said, "After many years of work, it's so good to see the vision of our former colleague, Gina Houghton, become a reality at last.  Gina was committed to exploring and recording Newbury's heritage, and this is another wonderful legacy of her work as a Town Councillor."   

Old Goat

Haven't seen anything quite like this anywhere else.  Must admit they make a nice feature and make the town look as if we care at least!  Quite a novel approach for once.