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Iconic clock tower may survive storms say engineers

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

The Clock Tower at Kingsand was battered by the storms last week

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A cherished landmark which it was feared had suffered terminal damage in the storms may be repairable.

The clock tower at Kingsand and the adjacent building, known locally as the Institute, took a battering from powerful waves last week.

It was initially feared that the foundations of a the sea facing corner, which also form part of the picturesque village’s sea defences, were so badly damaged that the entire structure would have to be demolished.

However, Paul Masters, duty director at Cornwall Council’s Silver Control emergency response unit, said there were cautious hopes that the building could be saved.

He said engineers had erected special props around the structure in the hope of saving it from further damage in the weekend storm.

Further tests are ongoing between bouts of bad weather, he said, but added: “the engineers are reasonably confident of being able to save the building.”

The Clocktower on Kingsand seafront was erected to commemorate the coronation of King George V.

The attached building, referred to locally as the Institute, serves as a community hall.

Both are owned by the local parish council.

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  • Deanevans  |  February 09 2014, 1:48PM

    I gave a talk about Passmore Edwards to the Kingsands WI in this building in the summer. It will be such a shame if it is lost. It will surely never be replaced.

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  • TWINSCREW  |  February 09 2014, 10:31AM

    I hope engineers can save this building, it is part of our heritage and is a testament to the original masons who constructed it without JCBs and all the other modern tools in use today. just think, wooden scaffolding, pulley blocks and not a hard hat or hi viz jacket in sight.

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