From September 2013 to April 2014, the East Courtyard clock tower underwent a complete restoration. The extent of the repairs included stone-work, plaster and timber, and the restoration of the clock itself.
The repairs were mainly to the stonework. Years of weathering and moisture penetration had caused the iron cramps to rust and expand which had resulted in significant cracking. All four of the clock faces were also completely re-gilded using 23.5 carat gold sheets, giving a beautiful finish to this iconic part of Blenheim Palace.
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