It is reported that a five member committee consisting of Rev. James Duthie, the L.M.S. missionary, Hugewerb and Horsley the European engineers and the state officers Krishna Iyer and Retna Swamy Iyer were delegated to build the Clock Tower for which the foundation stone was laid in 1891. The Tower was inaugurated by the king His Royal Highness Sri Srimoolam Thirunal on February 15, 1893.
The total cost for the construction was Rs.3258, 9 chakkaram and 12 kasu. Hugewerb and Horsley designed the Clock Tower, while the Turret Clock was from Smith & Sons of Derbyshire, which had a 60 ft chain connected to its pendulum & made use of Earth’s gravity to move the tooth wheels.
The cast Iron cage where the Clock movement rests. Pigeons that roost inside the Tower, entering through the small openings shit on the wheels. Pigeon shit is what has been stopping the clockwork frequently at the Nagercoil clock tower till Harris Nadar Jewelers renovated & got the clock running.
After D. Harris Nadar Jewelers took over the maintenance of the Tower roundabout this color scheme has stayed. While Harris’ spends thousands on getting the Tower painted & the clock maintained in running condition (as it is now!), political & evangelical posters around the roundabout has become a reason for incessant spending for cleaning the railing walls.
Using the Clock Tower Roundabout (Public space) for political promotion is a punishable offence under IPC 425 & 434. But apparently, law doesnt take effect here! Why not Sou Motto?
After 125 years, the Tower has become lonely in a way that only a few of its old neighbors still remain.
This post was originally published on Balamore Highs.