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The Minton Tiled Floor


The Great Hall in St. George's Hall in Liverpool has a floor made up from some 30,000 Minton tiles. Covering 140ft by 72ft, the mosaic floor was laid in 1852, at a cost of £3,000. The tiles spend most of  their life covered by a wooden floor but, in what seems to have become an annual event, they are uncovered so that people can see them in all their glory for a week or so, and a magnificent sight they are. Many thousands of visitors passed through the hall last time they were uncovered.

The hand-crafted tiles depict tritons, sea nymphs and boys on dolphins, as well as the city's coat of arms.

The Minton Tiled Floor


The Great Hall in St. George's Hall in Liverpool has a floor made up from some 30,000 Minton tiles. Covering 140ft by 72ft, the mosaic floor was laid in 1852, at a cost of £3,000. The tiles spend most of  their life covered by a wooden floor but, in what seems to have become an annual event, they are uncovered so that people can see them in all their glory for a week or so, and a magnificent sight they are. Many thousands of visitors passed through the hall last time they were uncovered.

The hand-crafted tiles depict tritons, sea nymphs and boys on dolphins, as well as the city's coat of arms.

comments (6)

What a great shame they are covered over most of the time - they are very beautiful. A really good shot Les
Les Auld: Makes it even more special when you can see them Pamela, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Feb 2010, 07:12
What a spectacular sight Les: I take it they are considered too precious for modern feet to walk on
Les Auld: It is so Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Feb 2010, 09:27
This takes my breath away, Les. This is such a great POV.
Les Auld: camera on the floor and hope for the best Ginnie, thanks for the comment.
That is an amazing floor, can you imagine the cost today!
Les Auld: Well into the millions, and more, Linda, thanks for the comment.
This is fabulous Les..Never seen this..Love it.
Les Auld: Only exposed very infrequently Ron, thanks for the comment.
A fabulous floor Les, but also what a lovely hall in which they are laid.
Les Auld: One of the gems in Liverpool Brian, thanks for the comment.

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