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Guildhall Worcester

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Worcester Guildhall is one of the city's most splendid and distinctive Georgian buildings.

The ornate façade is decorated with the statues of two kings and a queen, and has a strange figure pinned by his ears over the main doorway.

Inside are the names of the freemen of the city, including Lord Nelson and Sir Winston Churchill.

There are also many historic objects, including a French throne and the city's first fire buckets.

Kings and Cromwell

The ostentatious Guildhall is a throwback to a time when councils weren't afraid to make a really bold statement when putting up a civic building.

Perhaps for this reason the designers set it back from the High Street, allowing the chance for people to take in its rich façade.

 

The railings that separate it from the street are suitably ornate - with the city's crest in ironwork mirroring the one above the main doorway.

On either side of this doorway are statues of two Kings, Charles I and Charles II, as if to emphasise the Worcester's boastful claim to be ''the faithful city'.

Charles I holds a church in his left hand, while Charles II (who barely escaped with his life after the battle of Worcester) holds an orb.

In between the two kings, at the top of the doorway, is a head pinned up by his ears.

Popularly this is said to be Oliver Cromwell, though if it is, the sculptor had no idea what the Lord Protector of England actually looked like.

It's easier to miss the third monarch on the outside of the Guildhall, as Queen Anne's statue is much higher up the building, above the main doorway.

Guildhall Worcester

https://www.flickr.com/photos/figgis-minor/15060233628/

 

 

Worcester Guildhall is one of the city's most splendid and distinctive Georgian buildings.

The ornate façade is decorated with the statues of two kings and a queen, and has a strange figure pinned by his ears over the main doorway.

Inside are the names of the freemen of the city, including Lord Nelson and Sir Winston Churchill.

There are also many historic objects, including a French throne and the city's first fire buckets.

Kings and Cromwell

The ostentatious Guildhall is a throwback to a time when councils weren't afraid to make a really bold statement when putting up a civic building.

Perhaps for this reason the designers set it back from the High Street, allowing the chance for people to take in its rich façade.

 

The railings that separate it from the street are suitably ornate - with the city's crest in ironwork mirroring the one above the main doorway.

On either side of this doorway are statues of two Kings, Charles I and Charles II, as if to emphasise the Worcester's boastful claim to be ''the faithful city'.

Charles I holds a church in his left hand, while Charles II (who barely escaped with his life after the battle of Worcester) holds an orb.

In between the two kings, at the top of the doorway, is a head pinned up by his ears.

Popularly this is said to be Oliver Cromwell, though if it is, the sculptor had no idea what the Lord Protector of England actually looked like.

It's easier to miss the third monarch on the outside of the Guildhall, as Queen Anne's statue is much higher up the building, above the main doorway.

comments (11)

You framed this so very well Bill... to capture all of this elegance and the clouds outside of the windows takes a very good photographer...
and i am proud to know you....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Thank you very much Peter. I am proud to have you and Penny as friends
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Sep 2014, 07:08
Oh, I recall this glorious hall - a very fine photo with the windows' reflections! I took some pictures outside and inside, too, but I didn't notice all the details you mention in the information.
Bill Phillips: Wonderful isn't in Philine? I was pleased I was able to show it to you
you did a good job of this one Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Michael. If you visit Worcester this is a must see!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Sep 2014, 08:02
Lovely isn't it, a place the City can be proud of
Bill Phillips: The Guildhall is a gem. They did a sort of survey on local radio recently asking which modern building in the city would people most like to see demolished. The Hive won by a mile!! (Unfair really as there are some far more hideous buildings in the city)
stunning image Bill, the dynamic range is quite nice and the wide view helps. what is the light around the right painting?
Bill Phillips: That is a shaft of sunlight Ayush
A wonderful presentation of this grand place Bill! Thank you for the words.
Bill Phillips: It is a fine building Richard
I read all the info about the outside of the building and you are showing the inside. Tomorrow I suppose we get a description of the inside and a picture of the outside?
Bill Phillips: But that would be silly Mary...........
  • Alan
  • Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • 20 Sep 2014, 13:21
Very impressive, too. From a time when those elected to councils did for the honour of serving the people and not for themselves. I thought at first this was your lounge cleared of the furniture.
Bill Phillips: Was there ever really such a time?
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Sep 2014, 15:44
I like the idea of a French throne and first fire buckets keeping each other company. What a grand looking room.
Bill Phillips: The fire buckets make a fine display on a wall downstairs. This room is a delight
Very nice take, Bill
Bill Phillips: It is a great building JC
What a very impressive room, the ceiling in particular looks very artistic.
Bill Phillips: The ceiling is stunning Brian

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