2017

SD8913 : Stained Glass Window, Tudor Monarchs

taken 7 years ago, near to Rochdale, England

Stained Glass Window, Tudor Monarchs
Stained Glass Window, Tudor Monarchs
The most impressive feature of the Great Hall is the series of stained glass windows which contain a series of portraits of the kings and queens of England and Britain together with their Royal arms. The sequence begins in the north west corner of the hall with William the Conqueror and ends in the south west corner with William IV. This window depicts the first three Tudor Monarchs, Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI.
Rochdale Town Hall

Rochdale Town Hall is located in Town Hall Square to the south of The Esplanade and the River Roch. It is regarded as being one of the finest Victorian town halls in Britain, described by art critic Nikolaus Pevsner as possessing a "rare picturesque beauty". It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building (List Entry Number: 1084275 LinkExternal link Heritage Gateway). It is claimed that Adolf Hitler admired the architecture so much that he planned to ship the building, brick-by-brick, to Germany after the War. Whatever the truth in this, Rochdale seems to have been broadly avoided by German bombers during the Second World War (LinkExternal link BBC Manchester).

With an initial budget of 20,000 to spend on its construction, the town council advertised a competition in 1864 to design a new Town Hall. The winning design, selected from 27 entries, was by William Henry Crossland. The foundation stone was laid on 31 March 1866 by Rochdale-born statesman John Bright LinkExternal link and the building was completed at a total cost of 160,000 (equivalent to more than 12.6M in 21st century value) by 1871. This increase of expenditure was heavily criticised by the public but the end result, Built in the Gothic Revival style with its 240-foot high tower and features including the Grand Staircase, the magnificent Great Hall, frescos, stained glass, statuary, ceramics and paintings all adding to its grandeur, prompted celebrations of civic pride (LinkExternal link Rochdale online). A fire in 1883 destroyed the original wooden clock tower which was replaced by the stone spire which is 50 feet shorter.

Although the majority of local government functions take place in Rochdale's Municipal Offices building, Rochdale Town Hall continues to be used for cultural and ceremonial functions. For instance it is used for the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale's mayoralty, civil registry, and for formal naturalisation in British Citizenship ceremonies. Many of its rooms can also be hired for It is also used for functions and it is a popular location for weddings, television filming, conferences, meetings and corporate events.

More information:
LinkExternal link Wikipedia
LinkExternal link Rochdale Past
LinkExternal link Rochdale On-line


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SD8913, 563 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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David Dixon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 15 February, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 21 February, 2017
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 895 132 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:36.9469N 2:9.5392W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 895 132
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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