Tuesday 2 August 2016

Halifax Citadel & Old Town Clock

Prince Edward, the Commander in Chief of the British military, was obsessed with punctuality.  As a parting gift to the people of Halifax, he gave them the Old Town Clock in 1800.  The timepiece was built in 1801 in London England by the royal clock makers at the House of Vulliamy.  The clock is a three tier octagonal shaped tower sitting on a Palladium-style building.  Inside, three weights on drums suspended by cables power the clock.  The landmark was installed on Brunswick Street in 1803, sitting high atop a hill overlooking Halifax Harbour (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax/natcul/natcul2.aspx).

Halifax Explosion of 1917 courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion.

The clock has witnessed many events in Halifax's history including the aftermath of the Titanic tragedy in 1912 and the Halifax Explosion in 1917 and the Halifax Riot on V-E Day in 1945 (the latter not in keeping with staid Halifax).  The clock has been keeping time for Haligonians for over two centuries (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL2y87PoB3M).

Note:  Perhaps Prince Edward's biggest claim to fame is he is the father of Queen Victoria.

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