Gateways to Hockerton - the winning design?

by Jonathan Lightbody

Gateways to Hockerton - the winning design?




Having discussed the Village entry signs at the last Parish meeting, here's a first look at the winning design, and below is how it might look on the signs.


It's an abstract homage to the old and the new of the Village by illustrating (the now unfortunately decommissioned) St Nicholas' Church and the Village wind turbine. The colourful stained glass window which was a tribute to a Hockertonian Lincolnshire Regiment Soldier, who in 1917 lost his life in WWI, is depicted in the rolling hills on which Hockerton was founded. The Churchyard tree and the shield which is displayed inside the Church are also strongly displayed whilst there's a subtle demonstration of respect with the tomb of Philip St. George Duncan Smith among the graves.


I love the way in which John has interpreted my brief, which was to include key things from the village, mixing my local knowledge with a bit of abstract imagination. I'm pleased to say that the signmakers loved it as well and feel it will translate really well onto the signs.

Andy Hall, Parish Chairman


All in all it presents a colourful history of Hockerton which should add interest to our village at each of the 4 entry sites.


"On the LHS there is an interpretation of part of the main stained glass window  in St Nicholas' church showing open fields, into which we have installed the village turbine (mixing history with modern sustainability) standing next to the main road as we would all like to see it. The datemark '1190' can be found carved in stone in the oldest part of the church and the heraldic shield is to be found on the church wall from the 1500's. There is an abstract version of the very old tree in the graveyard next to the church itself. Finally, to the side of the church door is a small stained glass window with a tomb just in front. The window dates from 1917 and was installed by the then Rector in memory of his son, Philip St. George Duncan Smith, who died 100 years ago in World War 1. The tomb is where his son is buried."


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  • Carole Mitchell:

    29 Oct 2017 19:02:21

    My initial impression was that it was really good. However, my daughter who has been visiting pointed out that the Spread Eagle was not featured. Having grown up in Southwell she felt that ‘The Spread’ was synonymous with Hockerton and it was like Southwell without the Minster or Bramley Apple. Now that the church is closed, the pub is the only remnant of the village’s social history and it should really be included. I have emailed Andy to see if this is possible and hope residents will support the idea.