Photo by John Walker of Craig Mackinlay with Mike Foley, the local heritage and conservation surveyor and member of the Ramsgate Heritage and Design Forum who has been a key player in project managing the repairs to the Clock House.
The Clock House in Ramsgate is an iconic Grade 2* Listed Building which housed the Ramsgate Maritime Museum, currently closed because of the Coronavirus Restrictions. Last year the Clock House was placed on the Historic England Buildings at Risk Register. The building has lacked any proper maintenance or repairs for the last 40 years and is in a poor condition. This deterioration has worsened over the last 12 months as due to the Coronavirus Restrictions the building has remained closed since March 2020.
In February this year The Ramsgate Society applied for and was successful in obtaining a grant of £23,000 from the Historic England Heritage at Risk Response Fund to carry out some emergency repairs at the Clock House. The repairs are essential to stabilize the loose stonework around the clock tower, which is in danger of falling through the roof, and to repair the leaks in the roof that are causing damage to the interior of the building.
Craig Mackinlay the local MP and Chair of the Civic Society APPG visited the site this week to inspect the work and to offer his support for the Ramsgate Society Project to renovate and extend the building as a modern Heritage Centre for the town. Total costs are expected to exceed £3 million and a decision is expected later this year on whether the project will be a priority for inclusion in the £20 million grant application which Thanet District Council are currently preparing for submission to the Governments Levelling Up Fund.
Craig was very keen to go up the scaffolding to the very top of the Clock Tower, being the first MP ever to do so since the building was built in 1817. You can read more about his response to the experience in his own press release.