With paint sprayed from tins onto a church exterior, in the former mining village of Moor Row in West Cumbria, artists from The Colourful North have created a wonderfully patriotic display for all passers-by to see.
The painting depicts a lone first world war soldier, standing to attention as the sun sets over fields of blood-red poppy’s. The display is stunning and stops you in your tracks when you first see it.
Moor Row is on the Wainwright Coast to Coast route. The number of people walking the route that have stopped to marvel at the creation is too numerous to put a figure on. Everyone is so positive about it, and what it stands for.
The history of Moor Row goes back to at least 1762, but it was the 19th century discovery of iron ore in the vicinity that built the ‘row of houses on a moor’. Cornish tin miners moved here to work the mines, and their presence is noted in a number of street names such as Penzance Street. One street, Dalzell, is named after Thomas Henry Dalzell, a mine owner.
The Colourful North team, the Emmanuel Church, and residents alike have done a sterling job in creating a memorial in remembrance of the fallen. Well done to all involved.
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.