Historic timepiece is welcomed back

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One of South Yorkshire’s most famous timepieces – created to mark a Royal wedding – has returned to its original location.

The century-old blue and gold Hastings Clock has been moved back into Effingham Square in Rotherham as part of redevelopment of the former Civic Buildings site for a new Tesco supermarket.

Contractor TCN UK agreed to carry out the work with Rotherham Council as part of improvement works being carried out in the town centre.

The cast-iron clock tower was made by Scottish iron founders MacFarlane and Co, of Glasgow and presented to the town by Rotherham businessman James Hastings, to commemorate the coronation of King George V.

The company was renowned for its high quality intricate architectural ironwork that was exported throughout the world.

The clock mechanism was made by John Mason of Rotherham clockmakers who had been in the business since the 17th century.