• Anthony Oldfield

The clock dubbed North Wales' Big Ben that generations used to set their routines.

(Image: Peter Yeo/UK Drone Adventures)

Millions of motorists see the clock each year and wonder why it’s there. Sailors check it when sailing along the coast and generations of local people once used the clock to set their daily routines.

Kids playing on the beach would always know when to return home for tea. One Conwy resident claimed the old quarry clock “saved me many times” – meaning a scolding from his mother.

When it was erected in the 1930s, above Penmaenmawr’s granite quarry, the 12ft diameter clockface stood proud from its industrial landscape. Today it is slowly being enveloped by trees – but it still provides the correct time.

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