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Unfolding Origins

       

This is a partnership project with Chrysalis Arts and the North Yorkshire County Records Office in Northallerton. The resulting tactile work is on display at Selby library until the end of March 2022 and will then go onto a show at the Northallerton County Records Office later in the year.

I uncovered stories and information focused on the old toll bridge in Selby, exploring its origins and history. In autumn 2021 I shared some of the research with Barlby Bridge and Barwic Parade primary schools in Selby and the artist Hayley Mils Styles  to create banners two celebrating 30 years toll free.

 

I began my research looking at old maps and documents in the Northallerton archive related to the first crossing on land owned by Lord Petre of Essex. Serendipity, as it often the case in my work, played a part in my enquiry in that I discovered in a chance conversation with my childhood friend, that the ancestral home of Lord Petre was Ingatestone Hall in Essex, her place of work, involving a company dealing fostering and adoption in the South East of England. I travelled to Essex and meet the current Lord Petre, who showed me round the Elizabethan manor house and talked about his catholic antecedents and family history. On the September visit I also collected sloes from the hedgerows as a remembrance of the day which I made into sloe gin. This was repeated on a trip to Selby the next week as a way to connect and link the two places.

Two other districts of North Yorkshire are also under investigation,  Carolyn Thompson is exploring the Malton area and Jacob Cartwright  and Nick Jordan looking at Richmondshire.

Published: 8th March 2022
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