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City Centre Park Compass Rose – Bradford, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 47.548 W 001° 45.146
30U E 582181 N 5961154
Quick Description: A compass rose with a memorial stone in the city centre park near the city hall.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/3/2011 1:23:57 AM
Waymark Code: WMAE3R
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Lee-2
Views: 3

Long Description:
The memorial stone is dedicated to the deputy leader of Bradford Councillor Brian Lynch. It forms the centre of the compass rose.

The compass rose itself is part of seaside creature mosaic made from pebbles entitled ‘Bradford-by-the-Sea’.

Bradford of course is many miles from the sea, but there are 2 pieces of inspiration for this design.
Firstly Councillor Brian Lynch had a seafaring past and had served in the navy. Secondly in Victorian times Bradford was a booming mill town. Such towns had a tradition of all the mills closing for a week in summer all at the same time. In those days transport was more limited than to-day so most people would use the train to go to seaside resorts. Traditionally many people from Bradford would go to the resort of Morecambe, so many in fact that Morecambe become known as ‘Bradford-by-the-sea’.

The 2 things together inspired the creation of the seaside themed mosaic and compass rose.

There was originally a fountain around the stone but this no longer works.

The mosaic is formed using seaside pebbles and was designed by Maggy Howarth who specialises in making pebble mosaics. (visit link)
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