During the Victorian era, Waterford was Ireland’s busiest industrial port. It had the largest ship building yards in the country (before being surpassed by Belfast) and traded to 400 international ports all over the World. During this period there was a number of large scale public works projects built including this Clock Tower which is one of the best known landmarks in the City. It was built between 1860 – 1863 in an ornate Gothic style which used high quality granite stone masonry. It was was originally known as the Fountain Clock (as it had troughs for working horses to drink from) and the mechanisms for the clock and fountain are still of technical and engineering interest.

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