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Millennium Square
(Leeds Civic Hall)

Golden Owls

Various sculptors
1933 and 2000

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The coat of arms of the Leeds City Council shows three owls. For that reason there are a lot of owl sculpures in Leeds. On and outside Civic Hall, built 1933 after designes of Vincent Harris, are five enormous golden owl statues, and one 'simple' stone one.

The two owls on top of each tower are sculpted by John Hodge, 1933. Each is cast in bronze, covered in gold leaf, is 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m) tall and weighs half a ton. The other four (we saw only three) owls are made by city architect John Thorp and erected on square columns in 2000 as part of the creation of Millennium Square

Leeds - Golden Owls
On top of east tower, by Hodge (1933)
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On top of west tower, by Hodge (1933)
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South west corner, by Thorp (2000)
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North entrance, by Cawthra (1933) (for source: click here)
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On columns flanking east entrance, right by Thorp (2000)
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On columns flanking aast entrance, left by Thorp (2000)

Leeds - Golden Owls


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Location (N 53°48'7" - W 1°32'54")

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Item Code: gbyh120; Photograph: 28 July 2019
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