Mosaic Forms Part Of Local History Trail

A specially commissioned mosaic representing the history of the Yorkshire village of Cloughton and its close links with the Duchy of Lancaster has been unveiled as part of a new history trail through the village.

Working with local artist Gabrielle Naptali, the Cloughton History Group encouraged residents, the local school and community groups to contribute ideas and stories to the project before the design was finalised. The finished mosaic took 38 people over six months to complete, working on it for two sessions each week in the village’s old reading rooms.

“The finished piece is a wonderful, detailed and historically relevant map of our history, made possible through close consultation with the community and the unwavering commitment of members of the History Society, their friends, families and neighbours,” said Gabrielle.  “The process of coming together as a group to create something which tells the story of the village is itself an inspiring and very rewarding experience which everyone has thoroughly enjoyed. The end result is a stunning piece and a much-loved addition to the village landscape.”

The completed artwork was dedicated by the Bishop of Hull Dr Eleanor Sanderson, following a service of thanksgiving at St Mary’s Church led by the vicar, Canon Chris Coates.

Cloughton village lies at the heart of one of the Duchy’s oldest Yorkshire estates and forms part of the ancient inheritance which began in the 13th century. Today, the 2,375-acre estate comprises around 30 residential properties, 15 holiday cottages, a sustainable new model farm, eight commercial lettings and a number of affordable homes which form part of the charity established by the late Queen Elizabeth II in 2007, The Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust.