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Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Rotunda Birmingham

The Rotunda in Birmingham in the English Midlands is an early 1960's high rise that has been preserved amid the recent redevelopment of the Bullring area of the city that has seen much 1960's and 1970's architecture swept away.

The Rotunda, Birmingham.

The Rotunda is an 81 meter tall Grade II listed building and was completed in 1965. It was completely refurbished by the developers Urban Splash between 2004 and 2008 and now contains private flats as well as serviced apartments on the 2nd, 18th, 19th and 20th floors.

The image below shows how The Rotunda used to look before its redevelopment.

The Rotunda Birmingham - pre-refurbishment.

The Rotunda is very close to Birmingham New Street Station.

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Urban Splash

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kennet and Avon Canal Trail

The Kennet & Avon Canal turned 200 years old in 2010. Follow this link to download the Bath Flight Audio Trail. These audio files explore 12 key features on the Kennet and Avon Canal between Halfpenny Bridge and Darlington Wharf in central Bath. Although the canal was originally a commercial route, John Rennie, the chief engineer, ensured that the canal and its bridges and buildings reflected Bath’s Georgian architecture.

Bath Flight Audio Trail, canal

Among the various locks one encounters on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath and one of the features along the Kennet and Avon Canal trail is the Bath Deep Lock pictured below.

Bath Deep Lock, canal, Somerset

Another feature is Cleveland House, which at one time housed the headquarters of the Kennet and Avon Canal Company.

Clevedon House, Bath, canal

Other highlights one can find by following the Kennet and Avon Canal include the Dundas Aqueduct and the Caen Hill Flight.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jewry Wall Museum Leicester

The Jewry Wall Museum in Leicester in the English Midlands is dedicated to the ancient Roman settlement and the following development of the town.

The museum is the excavated ruins of the Roman Baths.

The Jewry Wall itself is the tallest original Roman structure still standing in Britain and was part of the Roman bath house. It stands at a height of 9 metres (30 feet).

Jewry Wall Museum Leicester, England.

Notable exhibits include the Roman Blackfriars Pavement, the Mosaic of Cyparissus, tiles from Leicester Abbey and the Norfolk Street Roman Wall Paintings.

Jewry Wall Museum
156-160 Saint Nicholas Circle
Leicester LE1 4LB
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 116 225 4971

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