St George's Hall Minton floor to be revealed
St George’s Hall’s exquisite Minton tiled floor has been uncovered for the public to see for the first time in four years.
The floor of the Great Hall will be on show until August 18.
The rare floor, which is made up of 30,000 individual Minton tiles and was the largest of its kind in the world when it was installed in the Lime Street landmark in 1854, is usually covered by protective wooden flooring.
It depicts the city’s coat of arms along with tritons, dolphins and sea nymphs.
The protective wooden floor, which was first installed in 1860, takes three days to lift and the tiled floor below is then carefully cleaned over the course of a further two days.
This is the 10th time the floor has been put on show since the Grade I listed hall was reopened in 2007 after undergoing extensive restoration.
Above: The Liverpool coat of arms on the Minton tiled floor at St George's Hall. Top: The rare floor is revealed only occasionally.
Along with being able to visit and walk around the edge of the floor, there are also a number of special events and ‘experiences’ planned over the two-and-a-half week opening including a guided tour which allows people to walk on the floor itself, a Night on the Tiles and Music on the Mintons where Lee Ward will play the hall’s mighty Willis organ.
The Minton Tiled Floor is on show at St George’s Hall from August 1-18. General entrance is £5.50. More HERE