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Chamberlain Square is a public square which goes back to 1886. The square is name after Joseph Chamberlain, a local manufacturer and politician, and a former city major who played a big role in the city's social reforms.
The square's main features include the Central Library (due to be relocated at Centenary Square at the end of 2013), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Chamberlain Memorial (a listed monument) and has statues of Joseph Priestley, James Watt and Thomas Attwood. The square's step (from the Central Library side) forms an amphitheatre and usually holds public events such as the city's Christmas markets.
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Chamberlain Square is a small square in the centre of Birmingham, just off the larger and grander Victoria Square. The square is named after Joseph Chamberlain, a former Birmingham mayor and MP.
The centerpiece of the square is the Chamberlain Memorial, a Neo-Gothic monument designed by John Henry Chamberlain. It not my favourite public monument by any means but it is worth a look. Take a look at the main photo of this tip to make up your own mind!
Also prominent on this square is the rather ugly Brutalist facade of the Birmingham Central Library. A 1970's monstrosity if ever there was one. Much nicer is the building adjacent, the home of the Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum. I have yet to visit the museum myself but I have heard some good reviews of it and the bonus is that the main exhibitions are free to enter. The Art Gallery is an extensive collection of many styles by British artists such as John Constable, Francis Bacon and Thomas Gainsborough. There are also paintings by renowned European artists such as Rubens, Degas, Renoir, Canaletto and Botticelli.
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The square is situated between Victoria Square & Centenary Square. It's surrounded by the Town Hall, Central Library, Museum & Art Gallery. In its centre is the Chamberlain Memorial. This Gothic style monument was erected in 1880 to commemorate Joseph Chamberlain, one of Birmingham's most famous politicians.
Around the square are steps which create an amphitheatre. While I was there the square had been converted into a beach, this was to promote an airlines new destination.
Connecting with Victoria Square, Chamberlain Square is the main civic public space in the city, with the Town Hall (1734 - a concert hall, not the civic centre of the city) backing onto the square and the Chamberlain Memorial (1880, commemorating one of Birmingham's most celebrated statesman), side elevation of the Council House (1874), the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (1874), the Big Brum clocktower (1885) and the much more recent Central Library (1974).
It's a key part of understanding the civic pride of the city from the late Victorian period and the wealth the industrial revolution bestowed on Birmingham.
Joseph Priestley Statue
In one cormer of Chamberlain Square there are two statues to two of Birmingham's famous men. Under the main library building alongside the statue of James Watt is a similar statue to Joseph Priestley, scientist and political radical. On one occasion the mobs burnt his house down and he had to flee to USA for a time.
He attended the Lunar Society meetings at James Watt's house in Handsworth.
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James Watt Statue
In one cormer of Chamberlain Square are two statues to two famous men of the city. Under the main library building is the statue of James Watt who pioneered the building of big steam pumping engines. These were large beam engines, the predecessor of Trevthick's 1796 mobile steam engine which we now know as the steam railway engine.
Watt lived in Soho House in the Handsworth area of the city.
The Lunar Society met in his house. Attending these meetings were Josiah Wedgewood, Joseph Priestley, Erasmus Darwin and Joseph Banks. The society was so-called because they used to meet by the full moon to light their way home.
His books and correspondence show that he was interested in double glazing, chemistry, lamp design, paper manufacture, fruit growing and inflatable mattresses. He even invented a form of photocopying machine.
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Chamberlain Square is one of three squares that make up a large area of Birmingham City Centre. Chamberlain square is borded by the Central Library, Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Town Hall. It is dominated by the Chamberlain Memorial Fountain. It is worth visiting any or all (they are located close together) of Birmingham's squares. They are a excellent places to relax and sit down while having a meal or drink at one of the cafes.
Chamberlain Memorial is located in the centre of Chamberlain Square. It was built in a neo-Gothic style, this impressive Portland Stone monument was erected in 1880 in commemoration of Joseph Chamberlain, one of the great 19th-century city politicians of Birmingham.
In Chamberlain Square you could also see bronze statue of Thomas Attwood, who was born in 1783 and is remembered for his political activity and his banking.
Thomas Attwood was the founder of Birmingham Political Union.
Library is located at the other end of Chamberlain Square, I am not sure north, east, south or west.
Library is on first floor but there are many bars, café and restaurant at ground level. The building doesn’t look very impressive from outside but library has plenty to offer.
At one corner of Chamberlian Square, main Museum is situated. Two buildings of Museum is joined together with beautiful bridge.
I did not get the chance to walk through this bridge but from outside it looks amazing.
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