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Nottingham Council House.. I thought this would suffice for both Thursday and Friday this week.It takes a building of some distinction to stand out in a city as rich in beautiful and interesting architecture as Nottingham, and this building does not disappoint ..The Council House is constructed of Portland Stone from the same quarry used by Christopher Wren for St. Paul's Cathedral. The keystone of the central arch in the entrance arcade was salvaged from a London church after the Great Fire of 1666, but lay unused for centuries on a Dorset beach The terrace overlooking the Old Market Square has eight massive columns, above are 21 figures representing the activities of the Council, also modelled by Joseph Else, principal of the Nottingham School of Art. The frieze behind depicts traditional local crafts such as bell founding, mining and alabaster carving One of the building's most striking features is definitely the great dome. This rises 200 feet above ground level and is visible for miles. The dome houses the chiming clock and Little John, a ten-and-a-half ton striking bell which is reputed to have the deepest tone in the country.Situated at either side of the steps leading to the front entrance of The Council House are two stone lions. Affectionately known as Leo and Oscar these two regal figures were sculpted by Joseph Else
The Lions, like the Council House, have become etched in the psyche of local people who will probably have clambered over them as children and used them as a meeting point with friends and lovers.Everyone has to see them and have their photographs taken by them when they visit Nottingham...As a few fotothingers will already know...
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Jun 27 2012 16:44 GMT julie13
Striking image. I like this.
Jun 27 2012 16:46 GMT hallo
Interesting work!
Jun 27 2012 17:11 GMT Donjames
Unusual entry...very nice
Jun 27 2012 19:38 GMT bandsix
lovely work!
Jun 27 2012 19:46 GMT elsje323
interesting entry
Jun 27 2012 19:51 GMT FLUMP
Grabs the attention
Jun 27 2012 20:19 GMT wijnie58
Great entry, Joan..:-))
Jun 27 2012 20:25 GMT aquiles PRO
Great image and writing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 28 2012 04:41 GMT Annamaria
It really IS a beautiful building, Joan!! You can even see the Lion in full size...;-) Nice colourfull entry!!
Jun 28 2012 08:54 GMT clintonfolks
Jun 28 2012 09:28 GMT superJoan
Many thanks to you all again
Jun 28 2012 20:51 GMT marijke06
Jun 29 2012 04:43 GMT sini
Great building! Nice entry!:)
Jun 29 2012 07:14 GMT senna3
Great double entry!
Jun 29 2012 09:37 GMT hans55 PRO
a great entry ... good work !!
Jun 29 2012 17:36 GMT jomoud PRO
Nice entry for the theme.
As I am sick with a helluva cold,
I hope your weekend will be better than mine:)
Jun 29 2012 18:06 GMT mandybee
great colours