Jewelry Museum and Rail Car Among Voters’ Favorite Polling Stations

Images of two polling stations, one in Hampstead, London (left) and the other in West Yorkshire

A railway carriage and a historic house with a floral entrance were among the public’s favorite polling stations as people voted in crucial elections across the UK.

Council seats are up for grabs in Scotland, Wales and many parts of England, while Northern Ireland is electing its new assembly.

While some voters exercised their democratic right in the usual places, others found a little more glitz and glamor at their local polling stations.

Alison Coulter shared a photo of a car on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway that was used as a polling station.

“Best polling station yet (it’s in a different location every two years) Keighley isn’t all bad,” he tweeted.

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is a preserved standard gauge line, and Ms. Coulter said she believed the car is generally used as a classroom.

Another more interesting electoral college contender was Birmingham, where the vote was held “yards from a preserved jewelery shop”, according to Adam Hawksbee.

“The Jewelry Quarter Museum is a pretty good polling place,” he tweeted, along with a photo of the building.

According to the Birmingham Museums website: “The Jewelery Quarter Museum is built around a perfectly preserved jewelery workshop offering a unique insight into working life in Birmingham’s famous Jewelery Quarter.”

While perhaps not as unique, other polling stations were described as “quaint” and “beautiful.”

Laura Holland shared a photo of Burgh House in Hampstead, her entrance surrounded by purple flowers.

“Hampstead polling station is ridiculously attractive,” Ms Holland tweeted.

Elsewhere, Rachael Loftus, who shared an image of the architecturally significant site, touted Leeds Minster as a “leading contender for the most beautiful polling station”.

Paul Spencer of Reading was particularly pleased with his polling station and the “very sweet” garden behind it.

“My pretty Victorian polling station,” he tweeted, along with pictures of the Redlands church and parish hall.

And the backyard too. Very sweet.

“Many thanks to the council staff and polling administrators!”

And Vidya Bellur, in Redhill, Surrey, described her local polling station, a 19th-century church, as “too quaint”.

“Some polling stations are too quaint,” he tweeted.

Bells are ringing @StJohnsRedhill.

“I am voting, taking out the bins and paying my spiritual respects.”

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