Jaffna Clock Tower is a clock tower in the city of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. The tower was built to commemorate the visit of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales to Sri Lanka in 1875.
When it was announced that the Prince of Wales would visit Ceylon in 1875 the Jaffna, a Prince of Wales Reception Committee was formed. They managed to raise more than Rs. 10,000 for the fund.
The fund was used to purchase a silver casket and set of jewels which was presented to the Prince of Wales in Colombo on 1 December 1875. The balance of the fund (Rs. 6,000) was to be used to build a permanent memorial of the Prince’s visit.
At a meeting held on 1 July 1880 at the Jaffna Kachcheri, it was decided to use the fund to build a clock tower on Jaffna esplanade. A further Rs. 4,000 was raised from local contributions to build the tower. The tower was designed by government architect J. G. Smither and the the clock was donated by Governor James Longden. The clock bell is dated 1882.
The tower was badly damaged during the terrorist insurgency in the late 1980s . When Charles, Prince of Wales visited Sri Lanka in 1998 he offered British assistance in restoring the tower and the British government donated Rs. 1 million for the work. The renovated tower was re-opened by British High Commissioner Linda Duffield on 19 June 2002.
Again this tower was renovated in 2013 under the Jaffna Town beautification project.
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|Distance from Jaffna Town to the Jaffna Clock Tower|
|Distance : 550 m|
Travel time : 10 min walking
Driving directions : see on google map