Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower

Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower, Leicester

Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower

Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower
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rebeljenn
Ruislip, UK880 contributions
looks ok but attracts preachy types
Aug 2021
it is just a clock tower but a lot of weird people come here and preach underneath the clock tower, so it is not very nice to listen to preachy people...you want to rush past.
Written August 27, 2021
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK12,315 contributions
An interesting monument
Jun 2021
Designed by a Victoria architect called Joseph Goddard, Leicester Clock tower, or to give it its correct name the Haymarket Memorial Clock tower, is a central point in the city of Leicester. This interesting monument with equally interesting figures is well worth seeking out, it stands 70 feet tall and is mainly composed of Kelton Stone (a Jurassic limestone named after the village of Kelton in Rutland) with a base of Mountsorrel granite, from the quarry in Mountsorrel village (which is on the River Soar just south of Loughborough). There are four statues on the clocl tower; two of which are of persons of particular significance to Leicester, with the other two being notable "sons" of Leicester. The four figures, whose names are on the plinths on which they stand, are Simon de Montfort, Sir Thomas White, William Wyggeston [spelt "Wigston" on the plinth) and Gabriel Newton. It is a shame that there are no information boards giving information about these persons but, for those who are interested, here is a little bit of their histories. Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, played a major role in the constitutional development of England. Sir Thomas White was an English cloth merchant who was Lord Mayor of London in 1553. He was a principal member of the guild of Merchant Taylors and was involved in the foundation of Merchant Taylors' School. Willuiam Wyggeston was the son an heir of Alderman John Wigston who had been Mayor of Leicester in 1469. William, himself, became Mayor of Leicester in 1499, was elected MP for Leicester in 1504, was again made Mayor in 1510 and, in 1513, set up an early "hospital" (almshouse) in Leicester, now a retirement home called Wyggeston's Hospital. Gabriel Newton was a woolcomber by trade and, in 1710, was appointed as a member pf Leicester's corporation. In 1720, he was chosen as an alderman and, in 1732, he was elected Mayor of Leicester. When he died, in 1762, having no descendants, he left his fortune 'to aid the education of the poor'. A charity school established in Leicester at the Church of St Mary de Castro (known as the Greencoat School from the colour of the pupils' uniform) was opened in 1785.
Written July 6, 2021
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sibila a
Leicester, UK18 contributions
Attractive Clock tower
Jun 2021
Its one of the best-known landmarks of Leicester. The clock tower can be seen from a distance. It is also the focal point towards City Centre.
Written June 21, 2021
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Sam3314
Derby, UK1,620 contributions
Centre of Leicester
Dec 2020
Marvellous memorial clock tower. Very attractive and full of history. Would be better if there was more information to explain who the people are depicted on it
Written January 3, 2021
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RLBAllen
Loughborough, UK627 contributions
Nice focal point of the city centre
Oct 2020
Nice focal centre point of the city centre. Outside the main shopping centre and with main road arteries coming from it. Good centre.
Written October 26, 2020
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malcolm L
Market Harborough, UK76 contributions
History of byegone days famouse Leicester people
Jul 2020
Underneath this clock tower is a way to see Leicestershire water sewage from the past. This is opened to view occasionally to give a few lucky people the chance to see the work done by men 100+ years ago
Written September 22, 2020
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,204 contributions
Leicester city centre
Jan 2020 • Solo
One of Leicester’s best known landmarks, the Tower is adorned with smaller statues of famous, notable sons of the City such as Simon de Montford. The Clock Tower can be seen from a distance and is Grade II listed. Acts as a good meeting point as much as anything else.
Written January 20, 2020
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mouseHerts
Herts1,553 contributions
Very pretty with the decorated tree by its side
Dec 2019
This is a centre point for the city and it looks very attractive this time of year with a decorated tree by its side.
Written December 10, 2019
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Amy Anna
Dnipro, Ukraine59 contributions
Best at Christmas!
Jun 2019
The Clock Tower is the perfect meeting point and marks the centre of Leicester town. It's most beautiful at Christmas when the lights and Christmas tree are up. The atmosphere is always buzzing!
Written October 14, 2019
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kew1945@aol.com
110 contributions
Evening visit
Oct 2019
We believe built in Victorian gothic style this ornate tower is a focal point in Leicester with radiating from it on at least three sides traffic free shopping zones. A meeting place over generation it has upon it, if you wander around and look up, figures of four
notables who have featured in Leicester's history the oldest being Simon de Montfort.
Written October 7, 2019
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