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Carving is well under way on a new monument by Croston Carvers to local hero Jeremiah Horrocks. In 1639 Horrocks predicted and was the first to observe the Transit of Venus from near his home in Bretherton, Lancashire.
Transits of Venus occur every 121 years and come along in twos, the last one was in 1882 – so no living person has every witnessed a transit. The next will be in 2012 but only visible in the southern hemisphere, after that the next will be 2117. Horrocks’ name follows those of Copernicus and Kepler in the history books, and his monument in Westminster Abbey sits prominantly above that of Newton.
The sandstone monument will sit on a site between the village of Bretherton and Carr House where Horrocks made his historic observation.
Mark Farrar, one of the Croston Carvers:
Croston Carvers who have taught themselves the ancient skills of stone carving and completed a number of commissions, their latest being a stone which will mark the 10 year anniversary of the foundation of Derian House in Chorley. The group formed four years ago to create a millennium milestone which now sits on Croston Village Green.
Kath Almond, local Parish Councillor and member of group:
The Transit of Venus can be seen from 5.20am to 11.23am on Tuesday 8th June, and the stone will be in place by then.
Notes to Editors:
Photo Opportunity, the Carvers are happy to be photographed with the stone, contact Kath or Mark (numbers below).
Croston Carvers started 4 years ago working with Lakes based Carver and artist Boris Howarth. Commissions and stones have included; Millennium Stone, Croston Village Green; Golden Jubilee Stone, Astley Park, Chorley; a series of waymarkers in and around the village of Croston marking history and stories from local people; a date stone for Croston Old School; Orchard Mill marker for Belway Homes.
The stone for Derian House is now complete and will be positioned in the grounds in the next few weeks. For more information contact Kath Almond.
Croston Carvers take commissions and undertake projects, apply for funding to arts bodies and take commercial commissions. We are seeking a workshop where we can carve, currently we use borrowed space in barns on local farms. For further information contact Kath Almond on 01772 600368.
Horrocks was born in Toxteth, Liverpool and came to Hoole in 1639 where he worked as a lay-clerk in the church and as a tutor to the children of the Stones family at Carr House, Bretheron. Just 3 years after predicting and observing the transit he died in his early 20’s.
Croston Carvers; Kath Almond 01772 600368
Mark Farrar; mob 07736 814762
For information about the Transit of Venus visit the Parish of Hoole website at www.hooleCEchurch.org.uk, or Astley Hall Chorley who have a major exhibition about Horrocks.
Mark Farrar, Croston Carvers. 31/5/04
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