Another clock for Bearwood!

The clock has returned to Lightwoods House!

Lightwoods House took a step back in time last week as the turret clock returned to the front of the house fully restored and gilded. It has been re-installed in the pediment but won’t be in full working order until all of the electrical works have been completed in the house later on this summer.

The original clock was installed between 1902 and 1903 following the purchase of the park through public subscription and gifted to Birmingham City Council. Messrs Swinden & Sons contributed the clock to Lightwoods House as part of the improvements carried out at that time alongside the addition of the bandstand, fountains and pathways.

Swinden & Sons were watch and clock makers in Birmingham. Francis George Swinden, son of the founder was recorded as the Vicar’s Warden of St Mary’s Church in 1897. The Vicar of St Mary’s Church at this time was Henry Timothy Tilley, husband of Julia Tilley nee Adkins.

The clock has now been fully restored by Smith of Derby, the same company that restored the Kings Head clock that returned to Bearwood last year.

John McStay Senior Project Manager for Heritage Building & Conservation with the restored Clock

Historical Information sourced from: ‘An Extended History of Lightwoods Park’ By D.E Yates & J.D Halverson


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4 Responses to Another clock for Bearwood!

  1. Elaine Hook says:

    How wonderful to have yet another clock, restored and returned to its rightful home. I can’t wait to see the park and house when it’s all completed, well done to everyone concerned.

  2. Pauline Downes says:

    Lovely to see the clock restored,and look forward to seeing the house completed this year.

  3. Hi…when is the house predicted to be completed and the park officially re-opened?

    • Bob says:

      The House will be handed over in October by the contractors, but there is a fair bit of fitting out to be done internally then, so not much before the new year I suspect.

      I think the park will be about the same.

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