SD8901 : Failsworth Clock Tower (East plaque)

taken 6 years ago, near to Failsworth, Oldham, Great Britain

Failsworth Clock Tower (East plaque)
Failsworth Clock Tower (East plaque)
The bronze plaque on the east side of the Failsworth Pole was produced by H Carr & Son. It reads:

FAILSWORTH CLOCK TOWER

THIS CLOCK TOWER WITH A REPLICA OF THE ORIGINAL
POLE WAS ERECTED TO REPLACE THE FORMER WOODEN POLES
AS A PERMANENT FEATURE OF THE URBAN DISTRICT AND
WAS INAUGURATED. TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE ON THE
15TH MAY 1958.

It is followed by a list of councilors:
Ronald Ord (Chairman); J Fogarty (Chairman of Parks Committee); G.A. Hughes (Chairman of Pole Lane Site Committe); R Aldcroft; G E Edge; D Simcock; J Stamhope; Dr F D Bacon; H Jones; F H Sledge; C E Tucker; J H Bell; D Makinson; R Smith Jnr; G F Wilson; and also E D Turner (Engineer and Surveyor); John Walton (Clerk and Solicitor)
Failsworth Pole

Failsworth Pole is regarded as the centre of Failsworth.

It is said that the site has had a Pole before 1793, and popular belief suggests this was a Maypole.

1st January 1793 saw the erection of the first Failsworth Pole. It was made from a carved oak tree which was painted and inscribed in gold with the words "This our Loyal Standard of Failsworth was erected on the 1st January 1793 to the King, Church, and present glorious Constitution".
This, the first Pole was blown down in 1849.

The second Pole was a ship's mast which measured 78ft tall. It was taken down in 1889 due to it being found to be unsafe.

The third Pole was erected on 24th August 1889. It was paid for by public subscription and a major donor at the time was Lewis's store in Manchester. It measured 98ft and weighed 4 tonnes. The pole also had a copper weather cock.

It lasted until 1924 when the final wooden pole was imported from Louisiana, USA. This Pole was 82ft tall but was blown down in a gale on Easter Monday 1950.

It was not until 15th May 1958 that the final Failsworth Pole was built, this time from concrete and brick. At the time Failsworth District Council held a competition to design a Pole - although the winning design by John Sutcliffe was not used. The height of this structure is 54ft, which although shadowed by previous Poles, should withstand a storm!

In 2006 the Pole received a 400,000 makeover which saw the clock tower refurbished and a new garden created at its base. This was tied into the presentation of the Ben Brierley Statue to the people of Failsworth in June 2006.

A fuller history can be found on an archived page of the Failsworth Info site: Archive LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 13 September, 2016   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 25 January, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Failsworth 
Date (from Tags)
1958 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8975 0161 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:30.6643N 2:9.3618W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8975 0161
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