SP0483 : Chamberlain Tower

taken 7 years ago, near to Selly Oak, Birmingham, Great Britain

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Chamberlain Tower
Chamberlain Tower
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a British Redbrick university located in southern Birmingham. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research universities and a founding member of Universitas 21. It received its charter in 1900 as a successor to Mason Science College and the 1825 Birmingham Medical School. Birmingham was the first Redbrick university to gain an official royal charter.
The student population includes around 16,500 undergraduate and 8,000 postgraduate students, making it the largest university in the West Midlands region, and the 11th largest in the UK.
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The Chamberlain Clock Tower
The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower is located at the University of Birmingham, in the suburb of Edgbaston. It is the tallest free-standing clock tower in the world, although its actual height is the subject of some debate. it is between 99 - 110M tall
The tower was built to commemorate Joseph Chamberlain, the first Chancellor of the University.
It is a prominent landmark in Birmingham, the grade II listed tower LinkExternal link can be seen for miles around, and has become synonymous with the University itself.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Friday, 10 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 29 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Educational sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0483 8344 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:26.9340N 1:55.8216W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0477 8354
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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