Ticking along nicely in Morningside

Edinburgh’s Morningside Clock has received a face-lift following six weeks of careful conservation.

The 130-year-old timepiece, built for the opening of the Morningside Railway Station in 1884, has been repainted and repaired by its original clockmakers James Ritchie & Sons with Smith of Derby Ltd. 

The clock was a familiar sight in Morningside until the Train Station closed to passengers in 1962. It was then placed in storage while a new road junction was built before being returned to the area in 1968. It was moved to its current roadside position atop its cast iron pillar in 2004.

Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The Morningside Clock has been an Edinburgh landmark for over 130 years. The delicate conservation has been completed by hand and it is fantastic to see it so lovingly restored. I’m sure the local community will be glad to see its rightful return.”

Tony Charlesworth, Sales Manager (North) for James Ritchie & Son, part of the Smith of Derby group, said: “Standing atop its pillar in all weathers, the Morningside Clock was in need of repainting, glazing and mechanical repair. The colours had faded over the years but after weeks of careful conservation, we have returned it to its original state. This is how the clock would have looked when it was unveiled back in 1884. It has been a joy to restore and return.”

The circa £16,000 restoration has been arranged by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Morningside Clock