Activity 8 – Mosaic trail

Work has started on installing the second phase of the Mosaic Trail. The mosaics 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).

In the summer of 2019, following the completion of the installations, a leaflet will be produced to guide the visitor along this trail. It will describe the significance of the design of each mosaic, and explain how it relates to the history of that property. To facilitate access to the mosaic at Boroughgate, a footpath has been re-instated (see Activity 2)

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. An interim leaflet has been prepared which gives information about each one. Copies of this are now available at the project office and the Library.

The phase 2 mosaics are shown below. As stated above, a leaflet will be produced and published in the summer of 2019 to guide the visitor along the trail and interpret the significance of each mosaic.

A visible record of history along the High Street

This Mosaic Trail, which is specifically supported by our partner, the Skelton & Brotton Parish Council, has an 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 so far has 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. There will be further opportunities to assist with next year’s mosaics, too.

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