Police Station Clock Still Doing Time at 100
The countdown has begun as Swansea’s landmark clock is set to reach its 100th birthday this Wednesday 16th September.
Standing on the main public train and bus entry route into the city, the clock is a constant reminder of Swansea’s unique cultural history, forming part of its arts and cultural quarter.
When the clock first began counting the hours on the corner of Orchard Street and Alexander Road, the building was home to Swansea’s police force and has since survived 2 world wars and significant redevelopment of the surrounding area. Today, the clock tower is part of the Grade II listed building which is home to Tapestri Café Bar and Bistro as well as artist studios, student accommodation and function rooms for hire.
Recently, time stood still whilst the clock underwent mechanical work to make maintenance of it easier. It now runs on an automatically powered mechanism which allows it to keep track of time more accurately without manual winding. The work has been completed just in time to celebrate the clock’s centenary.
Staff at Tapestri and residents from the artist studios will be marking the minutes of the clock’s 100th year celebrations on 16th September.