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The clock tower of Dunfermline City Chambers from the graveyard of Dunfermline Abbey.

This building was historically designed to be the centre of Local Government in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. In more recent times most of these functions have been devolved to other locations, but [as of 2008] the impressive edifice still houses the Council Chambers, the Burgh Court and Dunfermline’s Registrar Office.

The building, constructed in the period 1875-79, was created by James C Walker who also designed the first Carnegie Library. It employs a harmonious composite of French, Gothic and Scots Baronial architectural styles and features a prominent four-face clock tower. It was constructed on the site of an older Town House of 1771 which was in its turn built to replace the 17th century Town House, demolished as part of 18th century improvements to make way for Bridge Street.

There are many features of historic and architectural significance in the building. The structure includes heraldic stones recovered from the demolished 1771 Town House. These are plausibly believed to have originated from the now derelict Royal Palace of Dunfermline a few hundred yards to the south. The finely designed interior of the City Chambers incorporates many notable features, in particular the oak hammer beam roof which provides the ceiling for the Council Chamber itself. The historic police cells, although no longer in use, have also been preserved.

Furnishings include a number of notable artworks including busts of several Scottish sovereigns, a statue of Robert Burns, Sir Joseph Noel Paton’s painting, Spirit of Religion, and an early twentieth century portrait of King Malcolm and Queen Margaret.

Dunfermline City Chambers is a Category A Listed Building (HB Number 25973).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200

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Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix Pro.

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  • Fara
    Faraover 1 year ago

    A very impressive tower and I do like the vertical image………………………………x

  • Thank you dear Joyce, Philip Johnson has been uploading images in this format so I thought I would give it a try …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    Another beautiful scene. I love the settings in here Tom

  • Thank you my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 1 year ago

    As usual i love your history lesson dear Tom, and lovely work.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine, Dunfermline was once the capital of Scotland and is only 5 miles from my house …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 1 year ago

    Saw this from the road just the other week Tom from inside an Iveco van; didn’t have the same appeal as your excellent artwork though :o)

  • Always appreciated my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Jacqueline van Zetten
    Jacqueline van...over 1 year ago

    Gorgeous and great capture Tom! Jackie:)

  • Thank you so much Jackie …

    – Tom Gomez

  • don thomas
    don thomasover 1 year ago

    Stunning!

  • Very much appreciated Don …

    – Tom Gomez

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago

    Lovely

  • Thank you kindly Ray …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 1 year ago

    Now that’s a winner, Tom, beautifully done! But isn’t it uncomfortable lying on your side to make the vertical pano? lol

  • Hehe, the things we photographer have to do in pursuit of our art …

    – Tom Gomez

  • TheaDaams
    TheaDaamsover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous work, Tom!

  • Thank you kindly Thea …

    – Tom Gomez

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    Most unusual & remarkable image, Tom! A towering achievement, I’d say.

  • Thank you so much Sheila …

    – Tom Gomez

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