Halifax Town Clock

About Halifax Town Clock
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Brunswick St.
Halifax, Canada
Clock Tower
From the Parks Canada website: " Among the landmarks of historic Halifax, none is more recognized than the Old Town Clock. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, arranged for a turret clock to be manufactured for the Halifax garrison before his return to England in 1800. A three-tiered, irregular octagon tower atop a building of classical Palladian proportions was erected on the glacis bordering Barrack Street (Brunswick Street) to house the clock. The Town Clock officially began keeping time for the garrison on October 20, 1803 and has served the residents of Halifax for over 190 years.

The clock mechanism, a fine piece of craftsmanship, was manufactured by the House of Vulliamy, noted Royal clockmakers in London. The mechanism itself is driven by three weights. The going train or timekeeping mechanism is flanked by an hour-striking train and a quarter-striking train, all of which are contained within a cast-iron frame located in the clock room immediately below the belfry. The going train, designed to be wound weekly, consists of a combination of gears, escapement and weight which keep the 13 foot pendulum in motion. The durability of the mechanism has been attributed to its slow movement.

In its early years, the Town Clock was used as a guard room and residence for the caretaker. During the 20th century, considerable work was done on the Town Clock building. Nevertheless, the original clock mechanism remains intact and in use.

Today, the Town Clock is maintained and operated by Parks Canada. Although the caretaker position ceased in 1965, Parks Canada staff wind the clock twice a week to minimize stress on the mechanism. A major restoration project in 1990 restored the exterior fa├žade of the Town Clock building to its original Georgian elegance. The Town Clock, a rare and treasured cultural resource, is a prominent symbol of Halifax's rich historical past.
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Located on Brunswick St., at the base of Citadel Hill.
Last edited on Apr 7, 10 3:27 PM.
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1 Reviews of Halifax Town Clock  
First To Review: Kate H.
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Apr 7, 2010
You really can't miss the Town Clock if you're in the downtown area of Halifax. Just walk up the hill from the waterfront until you hit Brunswick Street, and there it is! Though I can't say for certain, I'm sure it's one of the most highly photographed sites in city.
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