NZ2465 : Newcastle's Civic Centre

taken 8 years ago, near to Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain

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Newcastle's Civic Centre
Newcastle's Civic Centre
Photo shows the 12-storey block on the north side (oriented east-west), the tower with its carillon of sea horses (the emblem of the city), banqueting hall on the right hand side, and part of the rear car park. The building was designed by the City Architect, G W Kenyon, and built between 1956 and 1963. The Civic Centre is considered as an important public building of its period, built with a high quality of materials and craftsmanship, and containing numerous works of quality art.
Tyne and Wear HER(9059): Newcastle, Barras Bridge, Civic Centre LinkExternal link

The tower supports the Edith Adamson Carillon which was donated to the City in 1967. The carillon weighs 22 tons and consists of 24 bronze bells, whose clappers are played by wires from a key and foot console.
Tyne and Wear HER(12299): Newcastle, Barras Bridge, Civic Centre, carillon LinkExternal link
Wikimapia: LinkExternal link
Newcastle Civic Centre
One of Newcastle upon Tyne's central landmarks, the Civic Centre was formally opened by His Majesty King Olav V of Norway on the 14th November 1968. The building is considered to be a modern classic of its time and is Grade II* listed.
Tyne and Wear HER(9059): Newcastle, Barras Bridge, Civic Centre LinkExternal link
Carillon, Newcastle Civic Centre :: NZ2464
The Edith Adamson Memorial Carillon, constructed in 1966 by J.Taylor and Co and installed in 1967, was given to the city by James Wilfred Adamson in memory of his wife. James ('Jimmy') Adamson started his paints business from a horse and cart, and went on to be a driving force in the establishment of British Paints Ltd, see LinkExternal link . The carillon, see LinkExternal link has 25 bells, the largest of which weighs 71cwt, 1qr, 13lb - which if my maths serves me correctly is 825lb, or 374.214kg - and is tuned to A major. Recitals take place on Saturdays at 2pm and occasionally on Thursday at 7pm - the Carilloneur is Dr Ian Brunt, who swims 70 lengths five times a week in order to keep fit enough to play the carillon, which takes so much physical energy that he describes it as 'like going for a five-mile run', see LinkExternal link . The carillon tower has twelve seahorses and is topped by the three castles of the Newcastle coat-of-arms, see LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 19 January, 2010
Civic centre   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2499 6501 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.7445N 1:36.6651W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2498 6508
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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