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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

The Basingwerk Abbot


Type Sculpture

     Figure of Cistercian Monk on small pedestal, looking up to the sky. Holding lamb under left arm, with a sheep beside monk's feet on right hand side.
     In celebration of the Millennium year, Greenfield Valley appointed six artists to create a sculpture trail within the park. The scheme was funded by the Millennium Festival Commission and supported by the Greenfield Valley Trust and various sponsors. Each of the residencies involved workshop sessions with school and/or community groups. Michael Disley worked with schoolchildren from Merllyn CP School, Bagillt, to create animals and figures from fruit and vegetables and draw designs. Greenfield Valley is a seventy acre country park with a wealth of ancient monuments and industrial history. A Visitor Centre provides displays and acts as the entry point to the museum and farm. Reconstructed buildings provide a backdrop to the agricultural displays and exhibits.
     Greenfield Valley includes the ruins of Basingwerk Abbey. The Abbey was founded in 1132 and for 400 years it was the home and workplace of monks of the Cistercian Order. Installed in 2000, the sculpture is part of the Millennium Sculpture Trail at Greenfield Valley Heritage Park.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Disley, Michael John Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Monk Cadeby Limestone 122cm high
Pedestal Cadeby Limestone 91cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road B5121
Precise location In grounds of Greenfield Valley's Museum and Farm Complex with Basingwerk Abbey as a visual backdrop
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ197775
Date of design 2000
Year of unveiling 2000
Unveiling details 2000
Commissioned by Greenfield Valley Heritage Park
Duty of care Greenfield Valley Heritage Park
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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