Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Back to Court
I have, as yet, been unable to find any pictures of the interior of the old Law Courts in Birmingham so here is a little about the exterior.
The foundation stone was laid by Queen Victoria in 1887, her golden jubilee year, and the building was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales four years later. The exterior is beautiful red terracotta from Ruabon in North Wales. This caused some disapproval from the local stonemasons at the time who claimed that it would involve £20,000 of city funds being spent outside the city.The even more attractive interior is a golden terracotta from Tamworth, a town of which I have written on previous occasions.

The sculpture over the main door is elaborate as one would expect from the Victorians and probably equally full of meaning although I am at a loss to understand some of it.
Queen Victoria , St. George and the Dragon, Blind Justice with sword and scales - all these I am OK with. Polar bear, girl with snake and girl grinding corn - what is the signicance of these, I wonder.

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