In 2010 I was commissioned to create a series of mosaics opposite Woodkirk church. The mosaics depict a timeline from the Vikings until the present day. Each mosaic tells a narrative of events that have shaped the local area.
The mosaics are inlaid into Yorkshire sandstone slabs which were kindly donated by Marshalls PLC. All tiles and tesserae kindly donated by Al Murad Tiles.
Between the 7th and the 10th centuries the viking parliament of the north was situated on Parliament Hill, Tingley.
Lee Fair is the oldest annual horse fair that still survives in England today. The fair was granted a Royal Charter in 1136 by King Stephen, but the fair was probably established well before this date.
Prior to the dissolution of the Monastries,St Mary's of Woodkirk was a small Monastry that belonged to Nostell Priory. The monks left Woodkirk around 1540.
Stone quarrying is the common thread that links all the time periods. This mosaic depicts a man splitting a stone with plug and feathers, this method has not changed since ancient times.
In the Victorian era the railways brought great changes to the whole area.
The last mosaic depicts the modern age of the computer and was designed by local schoolchildren.