Historic South Shields clock restored to former glory at Pier Parade

The Tyne Lifeboat memorial and clock tower.
The Tyne Lifeboat memorial and clock tower.

An historic clock has been fully restored and preserved for future generations thanks to South Tyneside Council.

The clock, on Pier Parade in South Shields, forms part of the Jubilee clock tower and the Wouldhave Memorial to honour local men William Wouldhave and Henry Greathead who were both pioneers in lifeboat development.

The timepiece has had a clean-up with extensive repair work carried out, including refreshing its movement and the installation of a new automatic winding system and auto-regulator, to help the clock keep time.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “I am delighted to see the Wouldhave clock fully restored and now looking its best after its many years of service to the people of South Tyneside.

“It is a very important piece of our local heritage that needs to be preserved and passed on for future generations to enjoy. It serves as a lasting reminder of Willam Wouldhave and his work that has gone onto help save so many lives.”

The restoration work was carried out by the Cumbria Clock Company Ltd.

The Wouldhave Clock was originally manufactured and installed by famous clock manufacturers, William Potts of Leeds. It serves as a lasting reminder of Willam Wouldhave, who is credited alongside Henry Greathead as the inventors of the world’s first purpose-built lifeboat. The revolutionary lifeboat was designed to be self-righting if overturned in stormy seas.

The Wouldhave memorial clock tower is next to The Tyne Lifeboat, the world’s second oldest lifeboat in existence. The lifeboat built by J. Oliver from South Shields in 1833, served the town for more than 60 years.

and saved 1,028 lives.