What is the statue on top of Sheffield Town Hall?

The statue tops the 200ft clocktower
The statue tops the 200ft clocktower
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Once Sheffield's tallest building the Town Hall hall towers 200ft into the sky, dominating the city centre skyline.

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Opened in 1897 the Town Hall was the highest building in the city until the Arts Tower was opened in 1965.

On top of the clock tower is the statue of a man standing with his arm aloft, holding a blacksmith's hammer. But who is he and why is his statue there?

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The statue depicts Vulcan - the God of Fire in Roman mythology.

This includes the fire of volcanoes and metalwork which means the Town Hall statue is an obvious nod to Sheffield's steel industry.

In addition to the statue, the exterior of the Town Hall is also decorated with carvings by F.W. Pomeroy - these friezes depict Sheffield's industries.

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