Posted by: travelrat | June 4, 2012

The Crown and the Mosaic

On Friday, I promised to show you where ‘my bustard’ fitted into The Ancestor’s Jubilee Crown and, on Saturday, I was able to get a close-up of the finished article when Andy and Michelle brought it to the Amesbury Carnival.

That night, they placed the Crown on the Ancestor’s head, to be unveiled (they said) on the afternoon of the following day, when it also acquired a new piece of bling, in the shape of a pendant made from the lozenges left over when the Crown was assembled.

However, ‘unveiled’ probably wasn’t the right word, for it wasn’t veiled in the first place. Nevertheless, a couple of short speeches were made, during which future plans for the Ancestor were revealed.

He’s going walkabout!

With the invaluable help of 32 Regiment, Royal Artillery, he’s being moved first to Stonehenge, then to Salisbury, to assist with the Olympic Torch before being moved back to his (hopefully!) permanent location by the side of the A303, outside the Holiday Inn.

The other big event this weekend was the unveiling of the Amesbury Mosaic, commissioned by Bloor Homes to stand outside the Bowman Centre. The pipe is there because Amesbury was once noted for its clay pipe factory; the beetles commemorate the time the Beatles stayed here while filming. I see Queen Eleanor, the Solstice Lantern and … if you can’t work it out, leave a comment below, and I’ll try to answer if I can!

Enjoy the pictures!


  1. Hi Keith,
    I love the mosaic, a lot of work and planning went into it that is for sure.
    It seems there is a lot going on over your way, I hope you are enjoying some of the festivities. 🙂

  2. WOW. What an amazing thing to be a part of. It is beautiful. You must be really pleased. Bravo!

  3. Hi Keith – I don’t know if you’ve seen this. An annotated version of the Mosaic:

    Click to access historicamesbury2012mosaic-a3interpretation.pdf

    Matt (@salisbury_matt)

    • Thanks for the very informative link, Matt! (I did wonder about the hands. holding what I thought were haggis!) 😀

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