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Portrait Bench - Oyster Bay Trail

Dambuster pilot - Oyster fisherman - Roman woman


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Portrait Bench (see below) with two dimensional silhouettes of:

Reculver - Portrait Bench - Oyster Bay Trail
Reculver - Portrait Bench - Oyster Bay Trail
Reculver - Portrait Bench - Oyster Bay Trail

  1. Dambuster pilot "Practice runs by 617 Squadron off Reculver ensured successful attacks on Ruhr Valley dams." The pilot is Bill Ottley, from Herne Bay, who died on the Dambusters raid.
  2. Oyster fisherman "Since Roman times Whitstable Native Oysters have been farmed in the Thames Estuary."
  3. Roman woman "..were expected to have pletas; the quality of loyalty, duty and devotion; especially to the gods."

Reculver - Portrait Bench - Oyster Bay Trail

Sustrans' Portrait Benches

A national social history project that celebrates the uniqueness of each location. Communities across the UK nominated local people for the contribution they have made to local life, culture or history to become the figures on their local Portrait Bench to be part of a collection of over 250 portraits.

The Portrait Bench is a simple bench accompanied by the three life-size characters chosen by the community. The figures are two dimensional siloquettes, cut from CorTen steel so they will weather to a fine rust surface and become a natural part of the landscape.

Click here to find out more about this project.

Sources & Information


Locatie (N 51°22'36" - E 1°11'6") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: gbse098; Photograph: 14 August 2015
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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