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See the Minton floor at St George's Hall

March 19, 2017

 

The beautiful -and rare - Minton tiled floor at St George's Hall is being revealed to the public for a week this month.

 

Visitors will be able to see the floor, usually hidden beneath a protective wooden covering, in all its colourful glory between April 13-19.

 

The floor, which is made up of more than 30,000 Minton tiles and is sunken below the outside borders of the great hall, was concealed in the 19th century to allow dancing and events at the grade I listed Lime Street landmark.

 

The tiles were handcrafted at the famous Minton factory in Stoke-on-Trent, and if you take a close look you can see Liver Birds, tridents, dolphins and the Roman god Neptune among the images depicted on them.

 

During the last century, the Minton floor was only uncovered a handful of times. But it has become an annual tradition since St George's Hall reopened a decade ago.

 

In 2015, restoration was carried out to repair some of the tiles.

 

The Hall will be open from 10am to 5pm from April 13-19, with city historian Steve Binns on hand at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm each day to talk about the great hall.

 

One-hour guided Walk the Floor tours will also be staged, while between 6-9pm each day there will be a chance to spend what is being dubbed as 'a night on the tiles', complete with a glass of Prosecco.

 

General entrance is £2.50. To book Walk the Floor tours (£10) or A Night on the Tiles (£12), call 0844 800 0410 or visit ticketquarter.co.uk

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