NZ2464 : Newcastle Civic Centre

taken 4 years ago, near to Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain

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Newcastle Civic Centre
Newcastle Civic Centre
Building started in 1960 - the Scandinavian influence of the building was cemented by the official opening by King Olav V of Norway on 14th November 1968. There are nine flambeaux (to the left, lit on special occasions - I have only ever seen them alight once, and that was in the distant past when photography was not for the masses). For more details of the carillon see NZ2464 : The Edith Adamson Memorial Carillon, Newcastle Civic Centre.
Carillon, Newcastle Civic Centre
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
Sunday, 15 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Friday, 20 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 249 649 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.7177N 1:36.7216W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 249 649
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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