Whenever I travel anywhere I always take photos of buildings and statues that catch my eye without necessarily realising what their significance is at the time. This was the case with the Supreme Court building, where I started taking photos of the beautiful friezes around the outside before realising quite where I was.
Of neo-Gothic design the building which stands opposite the Houses of Parliament was built by Scottish architect James S Gibson from 1906-1913. It was originally the Middlesex Guildhall, home to two courts and the offices of Middlesex County Council until the Supreme Court moved there in 2009.
The sculptures were designed by Henry Fehr and the Italian stone carver Carl Domenico Magnoni, whose work is stunningly detailed. The first scene above shows the Duke of Northumberland offering the crown to Lady Jane Grey (a scene bound to catch my eye), with the second showing Henry III granting a charter to the Abbey of Westminster. The middle area is a carving of the Great Hall at Hampton Court. The last piece below shows King John being made to sign the Magna Carta.
Other sculptures that catch the eye are these two angels projecting out from the side of the building. One holds an orb and sceptre, the other the scales of justice.
One final note of historical interest is this stone gateway below, the only remaining section of Bridewell Prison which was moved to its current site in 1969.
You can go inside the building during the week but as I was there at a weekend this wasn’t possible, but is definitely something I plan to do in the future.
You can find more photos here.