SE3320 : Large stone flags in front of Wakefield Town Hall, Wood Street

taken 15 days ago, near to Wakefield, Great Britain

Large stone flags in front of Wakefield Town Hall, Wood Street
Large stone flags in front of Wakefield Town Hall, Wood Street
The size of these flags astonished me, but it occurs to me now that they are in scale with this huge building. I estimate the size of the whole flag in the centre foreground to be 8 feet* by 5 or 6 feet possibly; the one beyond it to the right might be 10 feet long. How thick? How heavy? How were they produced? How were they laid? Further from the building the scale of the paving reduces: the paler band of regular-looking slabs partly in the sun might be 4-5 feet long, of concrete or granite. Beyond them in the tree shadow are some flags of natural stone of more conventional size, 2-3 feet.

*Judging by the man on the right in SE3320 : Wakefield Town Hall the corner of the structure on the left is a bit over 5 feet/say 16m. The near long side of the above flag is 15 x 16 = 24m: it's the length of a standard parking space!
Wakefield, West Yorkshire :: SE3321
Wakefield is a city in West Yorkshire,on the River Calder and the eastern edge of the Pennines, which had a population of 99,251 at the 2011 census.
Wakefield was dubbed the "Merrie City" in the Middle Ages[2] and in 1538 John Leland described it as, "a very quick market town and meately large; well served of fish and flesh both from sea and by rivers ... so that all vitaile is very good and chepe there. A right honest man shall fare well for 2d. a meal. ... There be plenti of se coal in the quarters about Wakefield".
The Battle of Wakefield took place in the Wars of the Roses and it was a Royalist stronghold in the Civil War. Wakefield became an important market town and centre for wool, exploiting its position on the navigable River Calder to become an inland port.
In the 18th century, Wakefield traded in corn, coal mining and textiles and in 1888 its parish church acquired cathedral status. It became the county town of the West Riding of Yorkshire and was the seat of the West Riding County Council from 1889 until 1974, when the county and council were abolished, and of the West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council from 1974 until its dissolution in 1986.
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Saturday, 30 June, 2018   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 11 July, 2018
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Wakefield 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 3303 2096 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:41.0435N 1:30.0825W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 3303 2095
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