Time to bring back the Lye clock

A popular clock will be keeping time again in Lye High Street later this year after a successful £14,000 funding bid.

The clock will be installed near the junction with Pedmore Road over the winter.

Tick-tock: the Lye clock

It has been in storage for the past five years after it was removed from the High Street in 2014 to make way for a retail development.

A campaign was launched to bring it back to the High Street, and a funding bid was submitted to Ibstock Enovert Trust, through the Landfill Communities Fund, for £14,400 to help get the clock restored and put back on public view.

The council has now secured the funding and the clock will be installed outside 1-2 High Street. The latest funding adds to the £5,000 already secured by Caledonia Residents Association, which was instrumental in kick-starting the campaign to reinstate the clock.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:

“The local people of Lye have been asking for the clock to be put into the High Street for some time and I am glad the council has been able to secure some money to be able to do that.

The clock reflects the industry and history of this important area and I am very much looking forward to seeing it back in the centre of the town.”

 

Angela Haymonds, Ibstock Enovert Trust Secretary added:

“The Trustees are keen to support projects that preserve and enhance the heritage of the areas in which it operates.

As well as providing a practical function, this clock celebrates Lye’s rich industrial history and IET is pleased to be able to contribute towards its reinstatement.”

The four-metre tall clock was designed in the 1980s by borough artist Steve Field. It was designed to represent the local area including featuring ‘frost cogs’, which was a Lye invention in the industrial revolution to help prevent horses slipping on winter ice. Its base also features hexagonal forged ingots which were made in the town.

The four-face clock is currently being restored with new clock faces and workings.

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