Belfast’s most prominent timepiece was built from 1865-1870 in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, who died in 1862. The 43m-high landmark is famous as Belfast’s very own leaning tower. Like many structures in the city, it was built on reclaimed land on the River Farset’s somewhat squishy foundations and the clock tower currently leans 1.25m to the left. A two-year £multi-million restoration project saw craftsmen working ’round the clock’ to spruce up its sandstone, polish its two tonne bell and add gold leaf to its four faces. The area around the clock was once the stomping ground for ladies of the night ‘servicing’ visiting sailors.
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