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Lottery grant for Gravesend clock tower restoration

PUBLISHED: 09:50 14 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:50 14 July 2015

The Victoria Clock Tower in Gravesend

The Victoria Clock Tower in Gravesend

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Grade II listed tower needs extensive repairs

The Victoria Clock Tower in Gravesend has received a National Lottery grant to go towards its restoration.

Gravesham Borough Council has been awarded an initial grant of £4,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The council intends to apply for a full grant at a later date.

The Grade II listed tower - built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee - is crumbling and needs extensive repairs. The clock face and hands also need to be restored.

The council is hoping it will be able to get a lottery grant to cover the cost of the repairs and improve the lighting of the tower.

Council leader John Cubitt said: “This is welcome news.”

There are also plans to create a collection of photographs of the tower, and to offer stonemasonry demonstrations and tours of the tower with a local historian.

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