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Gravesend’s grade II listed historic clock tower receives National Lottery grant

PUBLISHED: 13:40 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:23 23 March 2016

The Victoria Clock Tower in Gravesend

The Victoria Clock Tower in Gravesend

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The clock tower dates back to the 19th century

A clock tower built to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 is set to receive a grant from the National Lottery.

The historic clock tower in Gravesend, will undergo repairs to the clock faces and hands.

A lighting scheme to illuminate tower at night will also be installed, as well repairs to stonework carried out.

Gravesham Borough Council received more than £172,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to repair the grade II listed landmark in the town centre.

John Cubitt, leader of Gravesham Borough Council said: “This is excellent and very timely news. We can now get on with repairing the clock tower and keeping this iconic landmark for future generations.”

Stuart McLeod, head of HLF South East, said: “This clock tower will be well known to everyone in the area and is a precious part of Gravesend’s heritage. Thanks to National Lottery players, our investment will ensure that it will continue to tell passers-by the time for many years to come and that its history is much better known.

“Coupled with the exciting plans to install a new lighting scheme, this project will give the tower the prominence it deserves.”

Gravesham is a priority area for HLF because of low levels of applications since the National Lottery was set up in 1994.

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