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Dufftown Clock Tower

A prominent landmark in the middle of Dufftown (Moray), the Clock Tower lies at the centre of a little square at the junction of Conval Street, Fife Street and Balvenie Street, until 2017, contained the town's tourist information centre. Dating from 1839, the tower was built as the town's gaol and later became the Burgh Chambers. This three-stage square clock tower is constructed of grey granite rubble with pink granite dressings and features a high crenellated parapet with bartizans at each corner. It is topped by a peculiar little bellcote with a leaded ogee roof, ball finial and weathervane, although this was added some year after the tower was constructed. The structure was B-listed in 1972 but the upper levels have been unoccupied for several years and the lack of maintenance has resulted in the deterioration of the structure. Newspapers reported in 2017 that the disused tower would be offered for sale by its owners, Moray Council, for just £1 in an attempt to find a new use for the building.

Plaques around the base commemorate Alexander Duff (1st Duke of Fife; 1849 - 1912), Canadian businessman George Stephen (Lord Mountstephen; 1829 - 1921) and the installation of the illuminated clock for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubliee in 1897.


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