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Time stops for castle's 150-year-old clock.

Byline: Philip Dewey Reporter

TIME is ticking... or rather, it isn't for Cardiff Castle's clock - which will remain motionless until specialists have carried out repair works.

The clock tower is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Cardiff city centre, and contains the Winter Smoking Room and the Summer Smoking Room.

It has been out of action for a number of months with the hands stuck at 12.36.

This is down to the 150-year-old clock mechanism needing repair work from specialist clock repairers and there could still be a number of weeks before it is back to working order.

A council spokesman said: "The clock mechanism in the castle's clock tower is over 150 years old and as such any repairs have to be undertaken by specialists.

"Expert advice has been sought and every effort is being made to repair the clock to full working order, however, it is anticipated it will take a few weeks to repair this important city landmark."

The clock tower was built in the second half of the 19th century as part of English architect William Burges' rebuilding and decoration of Cardiff Castle.

As well as the colourful clock faces, it also features the nine planets in the form of nine-foot high figures and on the north of the tower is an oak tree motif taken from the arms of the Marquess of Bute.

In light of the Cardiff Castle clock stopping, the Echo looked at a number of clocks in the city centre to see how many were running at the correct time.

Only two of the 10 clocks we viewed were correct - with the accolade going to Cardiff City Hall and St John the Baptist Church, which were precisely on time.

The main offenders were the Echo centenary clock, in Queen Street, which was donated to the city in 1985 and is running one hour and 47 minutes fast, and the House of Fraser clock, in St Mary Street, which is running two hours and seven minutes slow.

Other clocks in Cardiff which were slightly out included the clock on the Scott Memorial in Roath Park which is three minutes fast, the glass clock in St Mary Street which is two minutes slow, and the Cardiff Market clock which is two minutes slow.

The Principality building, situated in Queen Street, is running one minute fast, while the clock on the historic Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay, is also running slightly fast by one minute.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 28, 2015
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