Zeus or Vulcan?

To one side is an eagle suggesting that this is a depiction of the Greek god Zeus. On the right-hand side is an anvil and hammer which would suggest the Greek god Vulcan?

The Black Prince

This grade II listed building is now called the Black Prince. I guess as it is opposite the statue of ‘the Black Prince’ in City Square. Originally the building was THE OBSERVATORY you can see the historic England listing here.

Historic England

Here’s a summary of what Historic England had to say. Bank, now cafe and bar. 1899, altered C20. By WW Gwyther. For the Yorkshire District Banking Company. Ashlar, copper-covered dome topped by a railing. On an important corner site between Boar Lane and Bishopsgate Street, the entrance facing towards City Square.

One principal storey. Pedimented doorway with acroteria to corner flanked by 3 tall windows in moulded architraves with keyblocks, pulvinated friezes and pediments.

The giant order of engaged Corinthian fluted columns supporting entablature surmounted by a parapet with statues and urns. Carved coats of arms of Yorkshire cities in moulded rectangular panels above door and windows.

INTERIOR: entrance into the large circular room with wall pilasters, moulded cornice, elaborate glazed dome with painted and stained glass. Replanned and refitted late C20.

Photograph of Zeus / Vulcan

On top of the The Black Prince pub in Leeds

He sits on top the Black prince bar opposite the train station in Leeds. It’s a real clash of cultures this photograph. The newly refurbished building in the background and the CCTV camera I guess doing what the statue was put to do in the first place?

You see some photos of the black prince statue here.


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