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Alice in Wonderland mosaic gets new home

A little piece of Crawley’s history is back on display in the town centre. The Queen’s Mosaic, which was built in the 1950s by master mosaic fixer Len Baker, from Carter Tiles, has been restored and installed in the all-new Memorial Gardens Play Area. Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and the Mayor of Crawley met Mr Baker’s daughter, Jeannie Smith, to celebrate its new home. Originally situated in Queens Square, the mosaic depicts chess boards and a scene from the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland.  The mosaic was removed from Queens Square in the 1990s and recently installed in Memorial Gardens in the town centre as part of the all-new play area. It now sits on display in the picnic area.

"I am delighted the mosaic has a new home, it was a treasured part of Queens Square for many years and the play area is the perfect place for such a fun, imaginative piece of art." Cllr Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Crawley Borough Council

"It was lovely to meet Jeannie and see the mosaic in its new home, it looks fantastic and I’m so pleased that future generations will be able to enjoy it. A happy ending for the mosaic!" Cllr Francis Guidera, Mayor Crawley

"I didn’t know about the mosaic until I moved to Crawley and my father told me he’d made it, it’s wonderful to see it and I know my dad would be very happy and proud to see it on display." Jeannie Smith, Resident




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