Herne Bay Clocktower


Herne Bay’s clock tower was built between 1836 and 1837, and was believed to be the first ever free-standing purpose-built clock tower. It was funded by an eccentric widow, Mrs Ann Thwaytes. Signal guns from the Pier fired a salute on the opening day!

For some years after, the area around the clock tower had no proper promenade, and was in an area where fishermen beached their boats, so it didn’t quite achieve the planned elegance of later years.

Visit the Museum to see:

  • the story of first British seaside clocktower
  • the original clock mechanism
  • the exquisite Herne Bay clocktower model
Herne Bay Clocktower original mechanism on display

Herne Bay Clocktower, original mechanism.

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How to find us

Herne Bay Museum and Gallery
12 William Street, CT6 5EJ

Nine miles from Canterbury via A28 and A291. Nearest station: One mile from Herne Bay train station.

Phone: 01227 367368