Fix Millom Town Clock!

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We are the Millom Clock Trust and we are raising money to restore Millom's town clock to full working order and give the people of Millom, Cumbria a town square to be proud of again.


Founded in 1866, Millom, Cumbria became centred around the local ironworks which helped the town grow to a size of over 10,000 people by the 1960s. After the closure of the ironworks in 1968, the town began to have money troubles and the population fell to just 7,101 by the 1971 census.

Today, Millom is Fairtrade town and home to nearly 8000 people within the town working in a variety of industries with the majority serving agriculture, retail, services, tourism, BAE Systems, the nearby prison in Haverigg and Sellafield nuclear power station.

Millom Market Square in 1905

The Market Hall and council offices in the town square were built in 1879, and beneath the bottom arches were an indoor market which lasted to the late 1930s. Unfortunately, around the 1960s clock tower of the council building had to be lowered due to structural problems, to form the shape know today.

 After the county boundaries were re-establish in 1971, Millom eventually became governed by the Borough of Copeland. Eventually there was no need for council-owned buildings in Millom and the clock tower became privately owned in 2001. It was during this time that unfortunately the 3-faced clock fell into disrepair and the old workings removed leaving us with nothing but an empty shell.

Current Situation

In May 2016, the clock tower was purchased by Guy Lovell and Jacqueline Gandy to house their new restaurant; The Clock Tower Restaurant. With thanks to Guy and Jacqueline, they have been gracious enough to form an agreement with us to install a new clock on behalf of the people of Millom. Should the building ever change hands again, the 3-faced clock will continue to be managed by the Millom Clock Trust. 

How Funds Will Be Used

The entirety of our funding goal will be used to finance the purchase of new clock mechanisms and electronic parts to run the 3-faced clock as well as completely refurbishing the 3 external clock faces on the top of the tower.

Stretch Goals

 Any additional funding received past our goal will be used to fund the continued maintenance and operation of the clock over the years to come. By chance we dramatically exceed our goal, we’ll look to improving the town square further and surrounding areas.

Who Are We?

Millom Clock Trust is a newly constituted non-profit organisation created with the express purpose of restoring Millom's Town Clock to its former glory for the people of Millom, Cumbria. Once the clock is restored; Millom Clock Trust will act as the guardians of the clock to preserve it for the town's people and future generations to come.


Ged McGrath (Chairman of Trust, councillor of Millom, local businessman);
Douglas Wilson (councillor, Mayor of Millom);
Felicity Wilson (councillor of Millom);
Angela Dixon (councillor of Millom, deputy Mayor);
Christine Lovell (building owner);
Jacqueline Gandy (local business and building owner);
Jenny Brumby (local business owner);
Lawrence Date (Sellafield electrical project manager);
John Date (retired former business owner).

Supporting Businesses & Organisations:

Clock Tower Restaurant
Millom Post Office & WHSmith Local,
Rotary Club of Millom
Duddon Villa Leisure Ltd,
Lovell Plumbing Services Ltd,
A.B. Fire Safety Training Services,
Fashion House
W. Milligan & Sons
Furness Building Society
Slacks Millom Ltd.
Lasting Love Stationery
GBP Books
The Helpful Book Company
Port Millom Ltd
The Bloom Room
Freemasons and friends of Masonic Lodges (Millom)
Lakeland Steel
The Metal Ring Company
Browne & McKinney
St. James' Catholic Primary School
Millom Conservative Club
Millom Bike Group

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Council doing to help?
Council funding is very limited, so contributions at this point are not available for this project. However several local councillors are Trustess (see above), including Councillor Doug Wilson, who is giving a percentage of the Mayor's Charity fund to the Trust. We are also been supported by all local councillors.

Why aren't the building owners funding this themselves?
The owners have no obligation to fix or maintain the clock themselves and as you can see it is very expensive to have it repaired! Understandly they have their own affairs to worry about, however the town is lucky to have people owning the building that will allow this formal agreement to be put in place so we can get it working again.

Who will own the new clock?
Under our new agreement, the clock faces will continue to be owned by the building owners. All internal mechanisms and parts will be owned by the people of Millom and managed by the Millom Clock Trust.

What is Millom Clock Trust?
Millom Clock Trust is a newly formed and constituted democratic and non-profit organisation which has the sole objective of restoring and maintaining Millom's town clock located on the Market Square.

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This campaign was created and managed by Shane Austin McGrath  on behalf of Millom Clock Trust.
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WE GOT FUNDED!! Thank you to everyone who has donated to this cause and I am delighted to inform you that we have been able to afford to commission Cumbria Clock Company for a full refurbishment of the faces with double English gold leaf, LED backlighting, clock mechanisms and chimes. The initial work to install the clock will happen in time for New Year celebrations and the faces' refurbishment will happen when the weather permits it.

One lucky Trust member will switch on the clock on for New Year's eve, details of this forthcoming on our Facebook page.

Once again a massive thank you to everyone who has donated and because we received more than our original ask, we can put this to the maintenance of the clock for years to come.
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UPDATE: The Freemasons and friends of the Masonic Lodges in Millom have raised a sum of £1000 towards the restoration of The Millom Town Clock appeal. On behalf of the Millom Clock Trust and all the members. Thank you very much!

We are now at £8711 of our goal which leaves just under £2300 to go!
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Thanks to the hundreds of individual donors so far and to CGP Books for their £1500 grant which has put us over £6000! Less than halfway to go until we can have New Years celebrations in Millom again.
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Delighted that The Rotary Club of Millom are supporting the fund with a £500 donation
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