The famous Wimbledon clock above the Prince of Wales pub has finally been repaired.
Locals were alarmed when the clock, which was last repaired in March 2016, became stuck again. Due to its age, time was up for the internal mechanisms.
Sarah Mackie recently took over as general manager and said she clocked the incorrect time straight away.
She said: “I am extremely proud to be part of the Wimbledon community and I’m aware of the importance of this clock to everyone. I’ve only been the general manager at the Prince of Wales for three weeks and getting the clock fixed was one of the first things I wanted to do.”
Clocksmiths Smith of Derby carried out the £8,000 repairs. They also carry out repairs for other celebrity timepieces, such as the clock at St Paul's Cathedral, and the timer at St Pancras station.
Love Wimbledon had been lobbying for the repairs, knowing how much the timekeeping was starting to tick off passersby.
Kevin Gallagher, operations manager at Love Wimbledon, said: "We would like to thank Greene King for fixing the clock above the Prince of Wales. This historic clock is a focal point of the town centre, and as such, to have it back in working order is a great plus. We look forward to working with Greene King on other issues moving forward.”
The Prince of Wales is hands down one of the oldest pubs in Wimbledon town centre, and was formerly a 17th century coaching inn visited by Dick Turpin. The clock was installed in 1898 and was manufactured by local business, Halfhide of Wimbledon.