Wow, seems like a long time since I’ve written something.
Okay, so last Thursday, our art class have gone for a trip to Manchester Town Hall. (Well…only four of us, the rest of the class was in Barcelona).
I owe to explain that I am in no way knowledgeable about Manchester. I have no sense of location in this city. (I’m bad with orientation).
ANYWAY…one of our classmates knew the way, so we walked towards the Albert Square, where town hall was situated.
Manchester Town Hall was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1877.
It is one of the examples of Neo-Gothic architecture in United Kingdom.
One of the ceremonial rooms, the Great Hall is decorated with murals by Ford Madox Brown, illustrating the city’s history.
Many of the rooms and parts of the floors have been transformed and renovated into offices. We still managed to sneak around some of these parts. 😀
We even got to see a film set from some of the tall, Gothic windows. It appears that they are shooting The Ripper Street, series three, at least part of it, in the Town Halls courtyard.
I got carried away a bit.
This is mosaic floor (the use of mosaics was brought over from the Romans, it is believed that British culture was born from the Romans influence), showing bees. Manchester is full of ‘bees’, at least it’s representation, because this city was the focus of the industry in Great Britain. It was called Cottonpolis, as cotton was the main means of the income. Manchester was thriving, getting more wealthy and therefore needed a bigger town hall. Thus, a competition was announced for a project. Waterhouse won and it’s his design that we can now admire.
The floor in the Sculpture Hall is covered with mosaic patterns, showing the rose of Lancashire.
You will notice the repetitive image of a lion and unicorn together all around the building. Here is a fireplace with those two animals.
And another photo, this time holding a shield. You can see the golden additions of the jewels.
The place is full of sculptures, glass-cases showing off 1800’s silverware, or the ceremonial spades.
Manchester Town Hall is a grand building, with fairy like decorations (unicorns), detailed sculptures and a historical meaning.
I think that the Town Hall is a great memento of the Manchester’s past and history.
So here it is. I hope to write something else in few days.