Heritage at two Ports.(34)

Statue of Liberty- New York-USA-(34).

Southampton Civic Centre Clock Tower

Statueof Liberty, New York, donated by France-dedicated 28th. October 1886. A symbol of freedom & democracy”.  Height- 305 feet 6 inches; weight- 225 tons; Public access via. 154 internal steps ( no lift ).

 Southampton’s Civic Centre -Clock Tower. Height-215- internal steps; nine bells-largest- ‘Solent Chimes’-3.5 tons. Tune played-‘O God our help in ages past’. ( Every 4 hours). Clock face- 11- feet across.  Architect- E.Berry Webber, A.R.B.A., -1929/1939. Much appreciation is due to former Mayor- Sir Sydney Guy Kimber for his vision & drive.

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Southampton’s Guildhall.(25).

Southampton’s Guildhall-1937 to 2011.

Southampton’s Guildhall is a fine multi-use facility opened by the 17th. Earl of Derby on 13th February 1937. Thanks to the vision & drive of Sir Sydney Kimber & skill of architect-E.Berry Webber. The proposal to appropriate the Marlands site was approved by the Town Poll-28th. January-1929.The Bill in Parliament passed , Royal Assent in July 1929. After 51 years of discussion construction began in March 1934, costing approximately £150,000. The floor of the Hall is of Canadian Maple & is sprung for dancing. 144 feet x 72 feet wide x 48 feet high, plus stage. Seating approximately 1,500 people. The organs (2) originally below stage, more recently in front of the stage. Well known organist-Reginald Porter-Brown-performed. Famous artists who performed included Paul Robeson; Gigli; orchestras; Vera Lynn. Harold Jackson-Seed was Manager-1936-1963. Dancing to Bert Osborne’s band was always a joy. Fortunately the Guildhall escaped WW2 bombing. Currently-(2011) managed by outsourcing arrangments.