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The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic

Heritage Mosaic Design Ideas

The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic is one of the community heritage engagement and enhancement projects that we are undertaking as part of the Heritage Lottery Grant works. The theme of the mosaic is to reflect St. Peter’s and its historic engagement with the fisheries of Folkestone.

The Parish community was invited to contribute ideas to the design through press releases and numerous ideas were received from the congregation of St.Peter’s, from St. Peter’s School and from visitors to the Church, from the Parish and beyond.

The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic

Mosaic Design

The final design was made  by the renowned mosaic artist, Jo Letchford of Hythe, who is very active on the Folkestone Arts scene. Jo has cleverly combined ideas from all the submissions that we received, along with features from the Church and its history, into the motif of the new mosaic.

The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic

The motif shows St. Peter, keeping watch over Folkestone Harbour. The design of St. Peter echoes the main statue of our patron saint in the Church and is positioned to reflect the location of the Church over-looking the Harbour. The light of Christ from the Church shines across the harbour, enhancing the light from the halo of St. Peter himself. The Harbour is depicted by its resident Seagulls, the Lighthouse and the Harbour Arm, from where so many vessels sailed for France or to war and these days the focus of much tourist entertainment.  The Harbour Arm cleverly fuses with the halo of St. Peter. The stylised images of fish reflect the deep Biblical theme of Peter the Fisherman with the associated parables and are based on designs by the children of St. Peter’s School; whilst the old fishing boat, FE76, a model of which has been carried in the procession at the Blessing of the Fisheries, for many years, represents the Folkestone Fishery. It was to bring the Good News to the fishermen of Folkestone that St. Peter’s Church was founded, being named after the first Saxon Churches built around the harbour and long since lost to the sea. Their echoes are to be found in the keys of St. Peter, found on the wands of the Churchwardens, which are also processed through the harbour at the Blessing of the Fisheries each June. The positioning of the keys suggests the rise of Peter the Fisherman to be the Cornerstone of the Church and the ‘rock’ of the harbour and its industry.

The Creation of the Mosaic

September 2016

The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic

October 2016

The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic

November 2016

The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic

December 2016

The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic
The St. Peter’s Heritage Mosaic

Pictures from our Community Mosaic Day

25th February 2017

Once Jo Letchford had completed the complex parts of the mosaic, with the detailed cutting and complex layering necessary, we held a Community Mosaic Day and invited everyone from the Parish to fix a tile or two on Saturday 25th February 2017. With St Peter’s School pupils and much of the congregation having laid tiles earlier in the week, almost 200 people fixed over 1000 tiles into the mosaic. Over 60 came to the open day to learn something of the craft of mosaic making and once they had laid their tiles, enjoyed tea, sandwiches and cake in the Church.

The Community Mosaic is now complete!

The Community Mosaic will shortly be hung in the Church Porch where everyone will be able to enjoy it.

Thank you for supporting our Heritage Engagement & Enhancement Project!