03 December 2008

stare decisis

Corporation Street / Birmingham, United Kingdom
There are a number of architecturally striking structures in the city centre of Birmingham. One of the more interesting is The Victoria Law Courts on Corporation Street which is a brick and terracotta building that now houses Birmingham Magistrates' Court. It is faced entirely in deep red brick from the clay of Ruabon in North Wales and covered in intricate terracotta ornamentation. The foundation stone was laid by Queen Victoria in March 1887 with the courts' official opening in July 1891. The area around Corporation Street is a major shopping area which includes New Street, High Street and the Bullring. I've been told that there is a great German Christmas Market in Victoria Square at the western terminus of New Street - in fact, it is the largest authentic German Christmas Market outside of Germany and Austria. I know where I'll be doing my last-minute Christmas shopping.

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