What is happening with Tredegar’s iconic and now silent clock tower

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For 160 years Tredegar’s iconic clock has chimed in the Valleys town.  It has long been a symbolic reminder that the town’s existence and growth was due to the production of iron, and was built to ensure locals in the area got to work on time.

But the cast-iron time timepiece – standing at a massive 72 feet – suddenly fell silent over the Christmas period.

Tredegar Town Council, which cares for the clock, found that it needed repairing and contacted specialist clockmakers Smiths of Derby.



Tredegar Town Clock Blaenau Gwent



Labour Party Leader Michael Foot walks his dog in Tredegar, on the morning of the 1983 General Election

They found that the original hammer was seriously fatigued and removed it from the listed structure to begin repairs. Work to re-fit the delicate pieces could now begin as early as next week, much to the relief of many in the town.

Tommy Smith, leader of Tredegar Town Council  was over the moon to hear the clock will be fully functioning again soon, as he believes it is an integral part of the community.

He said: “The responsibility of looking after the iconic town clock is something we take great care of in Tredegar, as it is a symbol at the heart of our town. What is most important is that the job is done right and done by the experts who have cared for our clock for over 160 years.

“Restoring the original hammer is a very skilled process but thankfully when the repairs are finished it will be as good as new.”

Completed in the same year as London’s Big Ben, the Tredegar town clock is one of the most well known landmarks in the borough of Blaenau Gwent. 

It has been the meeting place for the town’s celebrations over the years, including at the end of WWII, on New Year’s Eve, and even on its birthday where residents gather to sing Happy Birthday to the clock.

Throughout its history, the clock – which is located at The Circle in Morgan Street – has kept time with exceptional accuracy and is regarded as a fine example of iron casting, as well as being an important monument for the town.

Market street resident, Pam Powell  lives within earshot of the clock, and says that she has missed the presence of the clock chiming in December, and will be happy for it to return now early in the new year.

She said: “I really have missed the Town Clock chiming because it’s just so quiet here without it. It’s useful in a lot of ways as it’s my morning alarm, and keeps me on time through the day.

“It also makes sure that I’m never late for chapel and even keeps me company through the night sometimes if I can’t sleep. I look forward to hearing it chime again now in the New Year and can’t wait to have it back.”



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