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Crossing over on the zebra crossing and staying on the same side of the road as Royal House, you come to what is probably Machynlleth's most photographed building.

This handsome clock tower commemorates the coming of age of Charles Stewart Vane-Tempest , the eldest son of the Fifth Marquess of Londonderry on 16 July 1873. Such was the respect and affection that the family was held in by the townspeople that the sum of £1000 was collected by public subscription.

The clock tower is 78ft (23.7m) high to the top of the weather vane and was built by local builder, Mr Edward Edwards. The architect was Henry Kennedy of London. The foundation stone was unveiled, amongst great festivities, on 15 July 1874. It stands on the site of the Old Town visited by George Burrows in 1854 (see Town Hall and market).

The Machynlleth Borough Guide notes that ‘The structure cost £800, so the other £200 was spent on the trees which line Maengwyn and Pentrerhedyn Streets.’

To see an historic view of the clocktower and the trees which were planted, follow this link:

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