St Albans Clock Tower fixed after bird jams hands

PUBLISHED: 11:59 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:33 25 September 2017

Londoners love St Albans' historic buildings, including the famous Clock Tower

Londoners love St Albans' historic buildings, including the famous Clock Tower


Confused locals may have heard St Albans Clock Tower bells ringing at an odd 10.36am and 10.46am this morning.

The unusual times were deliberate - the clock in the iconic tower was broken and contractors were resetting it after repair work was finished.

Horologist Richard Cox, from specialist clock-makers Smith of Derby, fixed the problem. He said the hands had become jammed and caught together after a bird flew into the face.

He said: “It is not common, but it does happen. The hands went round and jammed, but they are plenty clear now.”

It is now fixed and will ring as usual on every hour.

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