Chamberlain Square

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Chamberlain Square or Chamberlain Place is a public square in central Birmingham, England, named after statesman and notable mayor of Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain.

Its features include:

Statues and monuments[edit]

  • Chamberlain Memorial - In honour of the public service Joseph Chamberlain gave to the city of Birmingham, the memorial fountain was unveiled on 10 October 1880 as the centrepiece of the new public square. The 20 metres (66 ft) high memorial was designed my John Henry Chamberlain.

and statues of:

The statue of James Watt was originally located on Paradise Street next to the Town Hall. The Joseph Priestley statue was originally located in Victoria Square (then called Council House Square).

The sweeping curve of the steps of the library forms an amphitheatre, and so the square is used for public events.

The annual Birmingham Christmas Craft Fair is held in Chamberlain Square from the 3rd Friday in November to the 23rd of December. The event began as 'Winterval' in 1997/8 (20 November - 31 December [1]) – with the intention of driving business into Birmingham's newly rejuvenated town centre.

Chamberlain Square was the original site of Birmingham's BBC Big Screen, where it was situated until September 2007.[2]

Paradise Circus Development[edit]

As part of the Paradise Circus development by Argent Group the square will be re-landscaped. In 2014 landscape architects, Grant Associates were awarded the contract to design the new public realm.[3]

Photo gallery[edit]


Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Birmingham City Council 'Winterval' brochure
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/content/articles/2007/09/25/birmingham_big_screen_moves_feature.shtml BBC Birmingham: Big Screen
  3. ^ "Future for Paradise Circus becomes clear at MIPIM 2014". Birmingham Post (Birmingham). 13 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 

Coordinates: 52°28′48″N 1°54′15″W / 52.4800°N 1.9042°W / 52.4800; -1.9042