The Wellington Clock Tower – Swanage Dorset
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The Wellington Clock Tower once stood in London. It was a monument to the ‘Iron Duke’. It became a traffic hazard and was taken down in the late 19th century by George Burt’s company and bought down to Swanage as ballast in his stone boats. Burt bought many architectual pieces to Swanage and the town became known a ‘Little London by the Sea.’
The clock never arrived in Swanage. The monument was erected for George Burt by William Masters Hardy. Originally it had a spire, but this was later removed and replaced by the inappropriate cupola we see today. Some say by the effects of the weather, others, at the request of a strict methodist minister who lived near by and was unhappy with it’s resemblance to a church edifice.
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