Activity 8 – Mosaic trail

The Mosaic Trail is complete. Final leaflets, providing a commentary on the trail are now available (see Documents). The main leaflet shows the bulk of the trail along Skelton High Street and around the village green. A supplementary leaflet shows the extension of the trail onto Boroughgate, including a footpath providing safe access, which has been re-instated (see Activity 2)

The mosaics making up the trail are based on research undertaken by members of Skelton History Group. The initial design ideas were provided by students at Freebrough Academy, and then worked up into the final designs by the mosaic artists, Helen Gaunt and Derek Mosey. The assembly of the mosaics involved children at Skelton Primary School, members of various community groups, and a large number of the general public during the Medieval Event (Activity 6).

The Trail was implemented in two phases during 2018 and 2019. The installation of the first phase of mosaics was completed on Monday 16th October 2018, when Helen and Derek fitted the mosaic at 4 South Terrace.


All thirteen of the phase one mosaics are shown below.

The installation of the second phase of mosaics was completed on Wednesday 24th July 2019, when Helen and Derek fitted the mosaics to the Coniston Road frontage of 79 High Street.

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The phase 2 mosaics are shown below.

A visible record of history along the High Street

The Mosaic Trail was specifically supported by our partner, the Skelton & Brotton Parish Council. It had the ambitious aim: to develop a trail of 27 small mosaic panels along the length of the village’s main street, from All Saints parish church in the east to old All Saints church in the west.

The work involved students at Freeborough Academy, members of both Skelton Youth Club and Skelton History Group, and the property owners of the selected buildings.   The ideas and design sketches of the students and youth club members were turned into outline designs by the mosaic artists (a sample of these are shown below).

The buildings chosen all have historical significance or historical interest, based on the occupations of those who lived there in the past. In some cases, the current owner shares that same occupation.

Members of the community had an opportunity to assist with the assembly of the mosaics.

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