Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council, Hull’s Guildhall Greenwich Time Ball will rise and fall again.
This funding will restore the Time Ball to full working order, renovate the clock tower as well as the installing a new internal mechanism, maintaining history whilst adding a modern twist. There will be many opportunities for residents and visitors to learn more about its maritime significance.
Hull’s Greenwich Guildhall Time Ball is the only such timepiece on a municipal building and one of only a few nationally. It was installed in 1915.
It reflects the importance of maritime timekeeping, and the role of fixing longitude for accurate navigation. It is also an important feature of the city’s skyline.
The Guildhall Time Ball is 60m above ground level, the new time ball is approx. 42” in dia. and weighs 50kgs. The weathervane is 80cm high x 120cm wide and is based on an 18th Century Merchant ship, it weights 25kgs. Both the time ball and weathervane are finished in 23 ½ carat, double thickness English gold leaf
The Time Ball dropped at 1pm each day to allow sailors to set their chronometers – confirming longitude, which was vital for accurate navigation. The signal was sent from Royal Observatory, Greenwich to the General Post Office. The new time ball will drop at 12noon GMT (1pm BST).