Where are these cherub/nymph-like figures?

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Leodian
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Postby Leodian » Fri 10 May, 2013 9:27 pm

The cherub/nymph-like figures on a building in LS1 caught my eye today (May 10 2013) so I took this photo. It's probably an easy 'Where', though I don't recall seeing them before or at least really noticing them. They are certainly well carved but may be considered a little risqué now!
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Postby Bruno » Sat 11 May, 2013 12:18 am

Hi Leo,I think you would have to go West, and then up a little, to see these people!
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Postby Leodian » Sat 11 May, 2013 12:28 am

Bruno wrote: Hi Leo,I think you would have to go West, and then up a little, to see these people! Nicely cryptic Bruno. I even had to think myself even though I know where it is! This nicely carved 1905 date high up the building may, or may not help, anyone still not knowing where it is.
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Postby biofichompinc » Sat 11 May, 2013 8:49 am

Does this sound like it?Includes: ......... Hotel and offices, now bank and offices. Dated 1905, altered C20. Polished Peterhead granite to ground floor, sandstone above, wrought-iron detail, rebuilt slate roof. 4 storeys and attic, 2 added storeys in roof; prominent corner site with 5 bays to ........., 3 to corner and 3 to ........... Ground floor: a keyed round-arched entrance at centre of each street facade, the ...... entrance retains its wrought-iron seaweed-scrolled overthrow and the oriel window above has the erased name, 'Hotel de Ville' beneath; segmental-arched full-height windows have original pilasters, brackets and cornice. Upper floor: bays divided by rusticated pilaster strips; flat, and round-arched windows, those with round arch, to 1st and 3rd floors, have elaborately moulded panels above; moulded strings, those to 2nd floor carried over principal windows as segmental pediments. Modillion eaves cornice, balustraded parapet interrupted by date plaque over central .......... entrance and pedimented gabled dormer, a similar dormer to ............, left; the corner parapet has moulded oval plaques flanking a domed octagonal corner turret with coupled attached columns supported by 2 Atlantes. INTERIOR: not inspected. HISTORICAL NOTE: the 1910 Directory and Ordnance Survey map shows that the building was probably designed as a combined hotel and office complex with shop units on the ground floor; the .............offices were occupied by JS Fry and Sons Ltd, cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, together with Wildblood and Ward, Stationers, and the Vulcan Boiler and General Insurance Company; the Hotel de Ville with a restaurant run by Miss Mary Annie Roulstone faced ...........It also seems as if the Shakespeare Appreciation Society were residents at some point in the buildings history.

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Postby Jogon » Sat 11 May, 2013 11:24 am

They may have distracted bus drivers enough to see them ...'popping into Ainsleys' or spend a "penny" next door.
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Postby Leodian » Sat 11 May, 2013 7:48 pm

Yes they are on the building having the 'Allied Irish Bank (GB)' on King Street just near the junction with Infirmary Street. The photo (taken May 10 2013) shows the building. I shall have to look closely at the entrance in view of salt 'n pepper's interesting "entrance retains its wrought-iron seaweed-scrolled overthrow and the oriel window above has the erased name, 'Hotel de Ville' beneath" to see if I can make out the name.
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