Time to announce new home for clock tower

The clock tower from the former Beechfield School has been rehomed.
The clock tower from the former Beechfield School has been rehomed.

IT’S finally time to reveal where a historical clock tower is to be rehomed.

Doncaster Council put the former Beechfield School clock tower up for grabs with a number of interested parties wanting the piece.

It has been announced that Walkers Nurseries in Blaxton will receive the feature.

There are plans to restore and position it on a 25ft stone tower inside the show gardens off Mosham Road.

Information boards about its history will surround the completed feature.

The clock was originally put up for the public when the Girls and Infants School opened in 1927.

It was located above the ventilation shaft and seen as a signature element of the school which cost £28,000 to build and equip.

The new school joined the girls and infants with the boys who had been at the site since 1907.

However, the mixed primary school eventually closed in 1973 and had been redundant for many years before it was demolished in November 2009 to make way for the council’s new multi-million pound Civic and Cultural Quarter.

Lee Grant, of Walkers Nurseries, said: “We are absolutely delighted and very grateful that Doncaster Council has chosen us to be the guardians of this iconic Doncaster landmark, and to help preserve it as a key part of the local heritage.

“We have exciting plans for the clock, which will be fully restored to working and time-keeping order, as an on-going Jubilee project, and we are going to build a special tower base for it in our grounds at Blaxton, so that it can be enjoyed once again.

“We’d like anyone who has memories of the Beechfield School, or stories about going there, to get in touch – we will be compiling a social history which we are sure will be informative to visitors and which may well interest historians in the future.

“It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time that we’ve acquired an object relating to Doncaster’s history. The clock will be joining the old Co-op building’s cupola and its lightning conductor, which our visitors all love, and some of the beautiful marble frontage of the old Arndale Centre (now the Frenchgate) now serves as the bases for our state of the art washrooms.

“It’s terrible when a town’s history occasionally ends in the dust and rubble – we want to celebrate our heritage, and to preserve it for generations to come.”

Mayor Peter Davies, added: “There was significant interest from local individuals and organisations who obviously care passionately about preserving Doncaster’s history for future generations to enjoy. Walkers Nurseries plan to carry out a full restoration of the clock tower and it will be a wonderful feature for the public to view once complete.”