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The Story of the Salt Brook Heritage Trail
Below is a slideshow about the story of the project and a film of oral histories recorded in the village.
An exciting new heritage project, set up by local community group Friends of Hatton Saltbrook Trail, to rediscover and celebrate Hatton’s impressive industrial past.
The project uses the current re-routing of the well used, rural bridlepath (around the Nestle factory) to transform the landscape into an unexpected and enjoyable heritage experience for all ages, a trail of landmarks, sculptures and installations that tell the surprisingly impressive story of the industrial heritage of the Saxon village of Hatton.
The project will capture the oral histories of those working in and affected by the change, growth and loss of the industries and will involve people of all ages from the local community in researching the heritage and designing and making the sculptures for the trail.
The small size of the village belies the significance of its industrial heritage. For example, the highly productive local farming industry led to the establishment of one of the biggest manufacturing plants in Europe, the technological breakthroughs in the engineering industry included the non-sparking train that replaced the pit pony and was adopted in mining throughout the world, the manufacturing industry boasts the first ever production of photographic tiles and pioneering glass etching in the 1870s, and Hatton’s role by the River Dove and on the Salt Brook Coach Trail in the transport industry. Local heritage is of particular importance to the community who feel there are no physical landmarks to commemorate and celebrate the village’s significant industries that could inspire and inform the next generation.
Images at the top of this page show archive images of industry in the village and Salt Brook Heritage Community Engagement workshops in April 2017.
Meet the Salt Brook artists
Graeme Mitcheson has been creating stone sculpture since graduating from Loughborough College of Art in 1995. He undertakes a wide variety of work including major public art sculpture, smaller private commissions, memorials and lettercutting work. Graeme has work sited in the public realm all over the UK including sculptures in Belfast, Northumberland, North and South Wales. Graeme also runs stone carving courses and workshops in schools. In 2016 one of Graeme’s works at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire was shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Art.
Rachel Carter creates woven sculptural pieces using resistant materials such as cast bronze and eco-fibre. Trained at The University of Derby in Applied Arts, she mixes her love of art and design with her passion for the environment. Inspiration for her work comes form geometric patterns found in flowers and plants and the English countryside. Nature creates beautiful fluid shapes and these find their way into Rachel’s sculptures. In 2012 she was selected by Yorkshire Sculpture Park to show her hand woven work alongside Jaume Plensa in the Kyiv Botanical Gardens, Ukraine.
Alex Blakey of All Creations creates beautiful, handcrafted glass and is one of the UK’s leading glass artists. She works on a large range of both small and large scale glass works. The work Alex creates is focussed around the concept of memory, collection and preservation. She feels that history and memories create a human connection to both objects and spaces. Much of the work combines the stunning qualities of glass with the natural beauty of stone, wood and cor-ten steel.
Dan Rawlings is a contemporary British artist born in Watford in 1979, he grew up in Essex and currently lives and works in Gloucestershire. A sympathy for unloved and forgotten relics and a fascination with nature’s resilience have inspired him to create visions of a world where man’s impact is being slowly reclaimed by nature. Dan considers no technique or substrate out of bounds in achieving his intended results but is probably best know for his manipulation of metal and light, conceived with intricate hand-plasma cutting. Recently he has been introducing sign painting and motion to his works. Notable projects include the sculpture ‘nature delivers’ based on the wreckage of a ford transit van and the huge ‘mighty oak’, based on a 16 ft farm yard silo constructed for the affordable art fair’s 15th birthday in Battersea Park. His signature works cut from vintage hand saws can be found in collections around the world. Most recently, Dan has exhibited work as part of the SITE Festival in Stroud, Gloucestershire.