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Flint mosaics could have been lost in demolition of Brandon Library

William Carter's flint panels before the wall was taken down to save them ANL-150211-162010001
William Carter's flint panels before the wall was taken down to save them ANL-150211-162010001

A collection of unique artworks has been saved after a Brecks history project highlighted they were at risk.

Flint murals by master knapper William Carter (1857–1904) of Brandon’s Gun & Building Flint Manufacturers were in a wall at Brandon Library which faces demolition.

But Breckland Society research for the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership’s Flint in the Brecks project revealed their future was unclear.

Following discussions between BNG, Suffolk County Council and Brandon Town Council and the family of William Carter, it was decided to try to save them.

Funding was made available through the BNG People’s Pot grant scheme and a plan developed to remove them. That involved local builders G C Godwin removing a large part of the library wall.

All of the pieces were removed intact and are now stored at Brandon Country Park pending a decision on how best they can be displayed.

James Parry of the Breckland Society and vice-chairman of the Breaking New Ground Board said “It is fantastic that this unique aspect of Brandon’s flint heritage has been saved for future generations to admire and enjoy.

“Flintknappers were highly skilled craftsmen and these unusual mosaics demonstrate what artistry they were capable of.”

The panels will be on the www.breakingnewground.org.uk website, and one will be part of the ‘Flint Rocks’ exhibition opening at the Ancient House Museum November 22.


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