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Good Morning Everyone,

This is Norwich City Hall which was opened in 1938 and is considered to be the finest municipal building in England to have been constructed during the inter-war period of the early twentieth century.

Seen better in the large format.

I will include as a workshop my first photograph of the building, which I liked for its composition but does not give this extensive view of the actual building.

For the previous five hundred years the city's administrative departments had been based at the medieval Guildhall, which was built in the years immediately after Henry IV's civic charter of 1404. I will show this building later.

By the start of the twentieth century many of these departments had grown in size and new ones had been added, and the Guildhall was no longer sufficiently large to contain them all.

In 1928 the architect Robert Atkinson, already known for his stylish Art Deco designs, was appointed to supervise the project of designing a new building.

Atkinson drew up a basic layout and floor plan, and in 1931 he and the City Corporation ran a competition to attract more detailed designs, with the winner being a newly-formed partnership of two already well known architects, Charles Holloway James and Stephen Rowland Pierce.

Only the finest of materials and the highest standards of craftsmanship were used during construction, with great attention to detail – even down to the individual bricks, which were specially made two inches longer than the standard to better reflect the shape of the building. The imposing main entrance, beneath a portico with six polygonal columns, is flanked by two lovely bronze heraldic lions, designed by sculptor Alfred Hardiman.

The building's frontage is 280 feet (85 metres) in width, with a balcony of some 200 feet (61 metres). The clock tower, which rises to 206 feet (63 metres) is said to contain the largest clock bell in England. The architecture of the building's exterior was considered to be very modern for its period, and the design was influenced by the Swedish National Romantic style of many of the buildings of the period in Scandinavia – comparisons of certain features of our city hall are often made with those of Stockholm's Concert Hall and City Hall, both completed in the 1920s.

The new City Hall was opened by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on Saturday 29 October 1938. Within a year Britain was again at war but, although the city suffered extensive bombing, the City Hall survived unscathed.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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