Gladesville’s historic clock being restored to its wartime glory

THE seventy six year old James Sheridan Clock Tower in Gladesville is being restored by Ryde City Council.

The 1941 clock stopped ticking at approximately 10.01 am on May 31 when restoration work began to remodel the clock to an original design.

Situated on a traffic island at the intersection of Wharf and Victoria Roads in Gladesville, it is also known as the Sheridan Memorial Clock and was designed by local council engineers in the Inter-War Functionalist Style.

It is often used by motorists approaching the Gladesville Public School Zone to check the 2.30pm to 4pm school zone time.

The clock tower honours local Alderman James Sheridan, who was serving in public office at the time of his death and is the only clock tower in New South Wales to honour an alderman.

The Weekly Times Managing Editor John F. Booth described the clock tower as a local landmark and said it is reassuring to have this State significant icon preserved for future generations.

ÒAs someone who has lived and worked here all their life I can appreciate its sentimental value as well as its heritage significance,Ó he said.

ÒWith new developments rapidly changing the look and feel of Gladesville it is reassuring this clock tower will remain, which is a landmark for three generations.Ó

New bricks were sourced from the Manning Valley’s Lincoln Brickworks at Wingham which was established in 1852 and bakes bricks in a pre-war style.

The restoration works include the replacement of the corroded steel lintels, the replacement of significantly damaged bricks, removal of the redundant lighting elements, repairs to the original concrete base and new landscaping.Council’s heritage advisor, Michael Edwards, said the restoration work was carefully planned to save as much of the original building material as possible.

ÒWhat began as a straight forward conservation to fix cracks around the access hatch and replacing some bricks turned into a much larger project requiring specialist skills and material,Ó he said.

During the work, Mr Edward’s team discovered the name ‘Dick’ and the date of 19/4/69 etched into the cement capping on the top as well as glass ‘cats eyes’ are embedded into the face of the concrete base in the shape of directional arrows.

Gladesville’s 1941 James Sheridan Clock Tower is getting a facelift.