St Albans Clock Tower fixed after bird jams hands

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

Londoners love St Albans' historic buildings, including the famous Clock Tower - Credit: Archant

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.