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Iconic Southgate Street feature to get Spring Clean

By nwilder  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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One of the city's most recognisable landmarks is about to get a spring spruce up thanks to funding from Gloucester City Council.

The Bakers clock, which stands above the impressive Edwardian shop front of GA Baker & Son, in Southgate Street is one of the city's heritage assets to benefit from a pot of money aimed at keeping historic features like this in tip-top condition for years to come.

The Mann family, who have been trading in the city since 1741, applied from part of the £225,000 City Centre Historic Areas grant scheme fund to carry out the specialist works.

The grant of £4,715 received, will enable the Mann family to carry out repairs and cleaning to the clock and figures, which are struck on the quarter hour by Old Father Time, John Bull and others representing Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

Councillor Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration said: "The grant scheme is designed to help owners and tenants of buildings within the main shopping area of the city show off these assets to best effect and to help breathe new life into the city centre.  The Bakers clock is a real feature of the city that appears on postcards and in tourism brochures, so we want it to look at its best."

Help is available to assist with up to 80 per cent of qualifying works such as repairing frontages, windows, brick work, guttering or down pipes or even to help bring empty properties back into use.  Council Conservation Officers will also give advice as to the best way to carry out some works.

Miles Mann, GA Bakers and Sons added; "The City Council has been really helpful in assisting us with the grant application process. It was simple to go through and the funding will help keep the bells chiming for years to come."
For more information on the City Centre Historic Areas grant scheme fund visit www.gloucester.gov.uk or, email heritage@gloucester.gov.uk for an expression of interest form.

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