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Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire

East of England

Hillfield Road / Marlowes
(NCP car park.)

Tile Mosaic Map

Rowland Emett
1960

Hemel Hempstead /  Tile Mosaic Map   Hemel Hempstead /  Tile Mosaic Map

Description

Rectangular mural measuring approximately 5m in height and 12m in width, presenting a whimsical semi-abstract map of Hemel Hempstead and its surrounding towns and villages (clockwise from top right: Ayot St Lawrence, St Albans, Hatfield, Bovingdon, Berkhamsted, Whipsnade and Dunstable). Each town name is illustrated with a hand-painted caricature, usually an historical character associated with the area. They are linked by roads and rivers (formed of red and blue tesserae) and surrounded by a background of grey tesserae. Below the Hemel Hempstead panel, a panel depicts a railway locomotive and carriages heading south-east to Euston. In each of the four corners are panels representing historic modes of transport (clockwise from top-right: a train, space rocket, car and horse-drawn carriage).

The map was designed by Rowland Emett and painted by Phyllis Butler of Carter Tiles Ltd., Poole.

Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
hemel hempstead
King Henry VIII hunting in the woods near Hemel Hempstead; the old church and new housing development
Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
ayot st lawrence
The Irish writer George Bernard Shaw (Dublin 1856-Ayot St. Lawrence 1950) lying in the grass with a scrol.
Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
st albans
Roman soldier on a scooter
Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
hatfield
Queen Elizabeth I watching a Comet airliner
Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
bovingdon
probably Bovingdon airfield and HM Prison
Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
berkhamsted
William the Conqueror offering a key to man on tower
Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
whipsnade
Whipsnade Zoo
Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
dunstable
man sitting on a bird
Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
to euston
train

In the corners:

Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
horse-drawn carriage
Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
train
Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
car
Hemel Hempstead - Tile Mosaic Map
space rocket

Signature

emett

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Car
  • Carriage
  • Elephant
  • Elizabeth I (Queen of England)
  • Emett, Rowland
  • Henry VIII (King of England)
  • Map
  • Mosaic
  • Mural artwork
  • Rocket
  • Shaw, George Bernard
  • Train
  • Location (N 51°45'9" - W 0°28'19")

    Item Code: gbee128; Photograph: 23 March 2019
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