About The Clock Tower
Herne Bay Clock Tower was built in 1837 making it the first purpose-built clock tower of its type in the world. It remains an iconic structure, standing proud on Herne Bay seafront.
Friends of Herne Bay Clock Tower has been formed to help promote and conserve this beautiful piece of Herne Bay’s heritage for future generations. Friends of Herne Bay Clock Tower will offer workshops, activities, events and even a brand new clock tower shop and we need your help!
Following a successful initial bid for Heritage Lottery Funding by Canterbury City Council to refurbish the Clock Tower, a core working group comprising of many members of Herne Bay’s active community groups has been set up, and are now looking for a new Clock Tower team to be formed.
The core group are now looking for active volunteers to form a new ‘Friends of The Clock Tower’ group to help deliver the project successfully. With the help of this new group, a range of funded, Clock Tower-related activities and events will be planned over the coming months. The former Pier Trust Gallery shop will become the new Clock Tower shop, where related exhibitions and workshops will be hosted. This venue will double as a Clock Tower information hub for residents and visitors, with Clock Tower events planned for the Clock Tower Plaza.
Subject to full Heritage Lottery Funding, plans for the Clock Tower itself include a new state-of-the-art tidal-linked colour changing lighting system, and live video feeds from all four openings on the dome. New members will also have access to free training, and exclusive internal access to Clock Tower itself.
If you’d like to know more or sign-up as an active member and play a part in helping preserve an important part of Herne Bay’s history, please become a friend here
Pop into the Information centre on 81 Central Parade, Herne Bay to find out more about the clock tower and about what’s going on in your area.
To browse a range of fascinating postcards and photographs of the Clock Tower and its surroundings through the years please see the website that Bob Leroi has collated.