Monday, September 26, 2016

Bermuda: Bird Cage - Hamilton, Pembroke Parish

Bird Cage
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish

N 32° 17.522 W 064° 47.161

Short Description: 

The Bird Cage is located at the intersection of Front Street and Front Street Extension (which turns into Pitts Bay Road) and Queen Street.

Long Description:

The Bird Cage is an iconic structure on Front Street in Hamilton, Bermuda. It gets it's name from Hamilton's first city engineer, Geoffrey ‘Dickie’ Bird. From within this blue and white painted bird-cage-like structure in the middle of heavily traveled street junction in downtown Hamilton Bermuda policemen direct traffic, often with great showmanship. According to the designer of the Bird Cage, Geoffrey ‘Dickie’ Bird, the Bird Cage was built after “seeing a policeman standing there and realising he needed to be protected from the elements.”

The Bird Cage is considered to be a place of historical and cultural importance. Geoffrey ‘Dickie’ Bird died in 2011.

The stamp was issued by Bermuda in 1979 s part of a series of four stamps commemorating the centenary of the Bermuda Police.

p.s. The blue building across the street from the Bird Cage (as seen in the stamp and setting is may also be of interest to tourists and locals alike. It's the corporate headquarters and outlet store of Gosling Brothers Limited the maker of Gosling Rum, one of Bermuda's most famous products.

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