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Here is the entrance to a big wheel giving people rides up into the air in front of Bradford Civic Hall. These wheels seem to be popular at the moment - this one was travelling from place to place. In the background is the main facade of the City Hall which was designed by Lockwood and Mawson, a Bradford firm of architects. This firm were the winners out of the thirty two entrants for the competition to design the building. Construction took three years and the building was opened on the 9th September 1873. The 220 foot Italianate bell tower, containing 13 bells, is modelled on the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.(SEE WORKSHOP) On the facade are 35 statues of rulers of England, from the Norman Conquest up to Queen Victoria.
I worked in this building at the end of the 1960's when much of Bradford town centre was being demolished and rebuilt - resulting in the loss of many valuable and interesting buildings. A new wave of demolition and reconstruction is going on at present!
The WS shows the tower and the top of the wheel.

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Additional Photos by Maggie Lambert (LamCam) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 653 W: 76 N: 693] (3717)
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