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British Lions On Britannia Building - Huddersfield, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 38.885 W 001° 47.003
30U E 580417 N 5945056
Quick Description: The Britannia building was erected between 1846 and 1859 as part of the development of St. George’s Square after the arrival of the railway.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/17/2013 2:14:23 PM
Waymark Code: WMG60X
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 1

Long Description:
This was part of the Ramsden family's ambitious plans to create a 'New Town' following the arrival of the railway in Huddersfield. The Ramsden's recognised the potential value of the land in front of the station and ensured that the buildings surrounding the square were of the highest quality.

This was going on during the time of Queen Victoria’s reign and Britain was at the height of its industrial and maritime power. The top of the building has two symbols to reflect this national pride. A 3 dimensional carving of Queen Victoria’s coat of arms and a statue of Britannia.

Britannia is an ancient term for Great Britain, and also a female personification of the island. Both these symbols incorporate lions. On the coat of arms the lion represents England, but also appears on the Scotland coat of arms. The statue of Britannia also has a British lion sitting at her feet.
Physical Address:
Britannia Building
St. George's Square
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire United Kingdom


Web Site: Not listed

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