New murals toast Wellington’s creative past

The first two in a series of ‘false window’ murals depicting Wellington’s historic makers have been unveiled at The Pheasant Inn on Market Street in the town.

Painted by artist Paula Woof, the murals depict local toy designer Norah Wellings and famous poet Philip Larkin sharing a celebratory VE Day drink.

The project is the idea of local community group Wellington H2A, which organises events including the annual Midsummer Fayre and Sounds in The Square. Wellington Town Council is a partner on the project, and funding has being provided by Telford and Wrekin Council’s Pride in Your High Street Fund.

More ‘false window’ murals will be appearing in coming months, creating a ‘Makers Town’ trail around the town’s conservation area and highlighting a range of craftspeople, manufacturers and creative minds from several centuries of Wellington’s history.

H2A volunteer Rob Francis said: “We could have just put up a series of plaques around the town, explaining which makers lived where, but with the support of this Council fund, we’re able to do something much more creative that grabs people’s attention and makes them smile. We’re literally creating windows into Wellington’s past.’

Once all ten murals are complete, a Makers’ Guide will be printed taking visitors around the trail and including a map pinpointing the town’s modern-day makers, from brewers to cake-bakers and jewellers to potters. A new website featuring an online version of the guide plus details of events and attractions will complete the project.

The Norah Wellings mural, with Norah’s great-nieces Julie Corley and her sister Deb Fox

Norah’s great-niece Julie Corley again and artist Paula Woof

The Philip Larkin mural

Both murals with Norah’s family, Paula the artist and Jim Preston the landlord of The Pheasant which is host to the murals

 

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