Saturday, July 13, 2013

Philatelic Photograph: Old Bailey - London, England

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Old Bailey
London, England
Topic: Philatelic Photographs

GPS: N51° 30.950; W000° 06.123

Quick Description: 

The Old Bailey, also known as Justice Hall, the Sessions House, and the Central Criminal Court, was named after the street in which it was located in the City of London.

Long Description:

E. W. Mountford designed and built, in the neo-Baroque style, a new central criminal court at the current location at a cost of £392,277. The building was opened by King Edward VII in 1907.

The buildings most prominent feature is its 67 foot columned high dome a 12 foot high gilded statue of an unblindfolded "lady justice" holding a sword in one hand and the scales of justice in the other. The exterior of the building is faced in Portland stone and features an array of pilasters above the ground floor entrance.

In 1941, during World War II, the building sustained heavy bomb damaged and was rebuilt. A extension was added in 1972. The current building on the corner of Newgate Street and Old Bailey still holds trials of local and national significance and accepts visitors.

The stamp was issued on April 10, 2012 as part of the A-Z of the United Kingdom series (Part 2).

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