Letchworth: The World’s first ‘timeless’ city

Letchworth Town Hall clocks have trouble telling the time

Letchworth Town Hall clocks have trouble telling the time - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth resident reacts angrily to the town clocks reading different times.

After three years of complaints the clocks on-top of Letchworth Town Hall still read different times.

The four clocks on-top of the building read different times despite the fact that North Herts District Council (NHDC) have said they would fix them in the past.

Leonard Abrahams, of Rushby Walk, expressed his anger that the ‘prominent’ clocks all showed different times. He said: “This must indicate that living in the World’s First Garden City is “Timeless”.”

Letchworth resident Patsy Hudson first raised the problem in 2011 but it was not until 15 months later when the Comet reported the issue that the council responded.


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The building is now occupied by North Herts College, who leased it from the council last year. A spokesman for the NHDC said they maintain the clocks and are sending someone round to look at them.

They added: “The clocks at the Letchworth Town Hall have recently been inspected by a specialist repairer to find out the cause of why the old mechanisms are failing and we are investigating the cost associated with repairing them.”

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The town hall was originally used as council offices until 2007 when it was left unoccupied until last year when the college leased it out.

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