School’s historic clock finally restored after years of decay

Laughton school, renovated clock. Paul Herdman wth pupils SUS-160323-231619008
Laughton school, renovated clock. Paul Herdman wth pupils SUS-160323-231619008

Laughton School will hold a special heritage event to celebrate the restoration of an historic clock on its grounds.

When the school was built in 1872, local landowner William Mannington donated the bell tower and clock to the school to celebrate its completion. Over the years though, they fell into disrepair and fell out of use, with the clock dial being especially affected by the weather.

In December 2014, the bell tower itself was rebuilt and restored by Farringtons Construction with funding from East Sussex County Council’s school maintenance team, but the clock remained in poor condition.

However, in November 2015, the school was fortunate enough to be given a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to completely restore the clock to working order. Local clock- makers Thwaites and Reed carried out the works including repainting the dial.

To celebrate the completed renovation, the school is hosting a heritage event over two days, showcasing its past with a large exhibition and a free community café.

The event will run Friday, April 15 from 2pm to 5pm and Saturday, April 16 from 10am to 2pm. There will be grand opening ceremony at 2pm on the Friday, which will be opened by the oldest known surviving pupil, Peggy Soan, who lives in Ringmer and who is now 90, alongside the current youngest pupil.

Everybody is welcome to attend the heritage event.

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