News: Brockwell Park

Night-time (un)locking of Lambeth parks

As part of cost-cutting proposals, Lambeth Council has been considering leaving its parks unlocked at night. This was projected to save £50-70k a year. However, we now understand that this proposal is likely to be rejected by Cabinet as a result of pressure from local groups and the Police.

Brockwell Park clock-tower

A fundraising campaign started by former Lambeth Mayor Rudy Daley and the Friends of Brockwell Park raised over £20,000 to restore the neglected Tritton Clock in Brockwell Park to its former state. It was given to the public by the MP for Norwood, Charles Ernest Tritton in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, but for a long time was in a poor condition and not working.

The clock-tower as it looks today

Following conservation work by the original manufacturers of the clock, Gillett and Johnston, it is now working again, fully restored and decorated in green and gold, as described in the South London Press on 3 July 1897. The restoration has preserved the original mechanism of the clock, which needs to be wound by hand every few days.

The restoration was celebrated on 3 May 2014. On the left is Deputy Mayor of Lambeth Adedamola Aminu, in the middle is Rudy Daley (first donor) and on the right is Peter Bradley (Chair FOBP and of the Clock-tower Project Group).

The official ribbon-cutting

Three local organisations, the Friends of Brockwell Park, the Herne Hill Society and the Brockwell Park Community Partners took on the project, with support from Lambeth Council, in May 2013. The scaffolding came down and the clock was restarted at the beginning of April 2014.

A huge thank-you to all who so generously contributed to the Project.

Background

The clock and its tower next to Brockwell Hall were presented by the second MP for Norwood, Charles Ernest Tritton, in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The clock kept time in the Park for nearly 100 years but had not worked for two decades. In design it is similar to the ‘Little Ben’ near Victoria Station.

The clock tower as it used to look

More about this project on the Herne Hill Society blog [External link]

More about the Renewal of Brockwell Park

Reader Comments

Posted by John Brunton November 21, 2012

The clock tower was listed Grade II in 1981.  It is a smaller version of that which stands in front of Victoria Station.

Posted by Tim Franey January 09, 2013

Wendy and I would like to help by making a donation towards the cost of the restoration of the clock.
Could someone contact us please?

Posted by Ros Glover October 04, 2013

Wow - nearly £16,000 raised so far for this fantastic project. I have donated and look forward to seeing it working again very soon.

Posted by Colin Wight October 04, 2013

I was in the Park yesterday , thinking how beautiful it was looking after all the thoughtful, high-quality restoration work. This will put the icing on the cake. I’ve donated, and I am delighted to be part of it.

Posted by Margaret Felgate (nee Relf) July 19, 2015

How wonderful the restored clock looks. I was born and brought up in Hurst street and Brockwell Park was my substitute garden,the fun I had there.I well remember the clock and I am so pleased that all of Brockwell Park is being so well cared for. As I live so far away now I hope to come back one day and have a wander in the park again.

Posted by John Tritton February 05, 2016

My cousin Paul Tritton and I are distant relations of Charles Ernest and we visited the clock tower yesterday It looks magnificent.

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