The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower stands where Aughton, Church, Burscough and Moor Streets meet. It was built on the site of the Market Cross and was erected in 1876.
The “Cross” formed the hub of the market place and around it, traders sold their wares. A table of tolls at the bottom of the Clock Tower listed the amount each stall-holder had to pay for his stall. Locals paid a lower fee than those who were not from Ormskirk. In the turret was the old fire bell given to Ormskirk by William, Earl of Derby, in 1684.
The Clock Tower is a real focal point for Ormskirk. People meet here, rest on its benches and lots of events are held around its base.
You can continue the Heritage Trail by clicking the button on the right, or alternatively view the page for any of the stops on the trail by following the links below.