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Horkstow, Roman mosaic
Horkstow, Roman mosaic
Horkstow, Roman mosaic

This drawing of a Roman mosaic pavement from the Horkstow villa was made by William Fowler of Winterton, a prolific amateur recorder of mosaics in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries.

The Horkstow villa pavement is one of the most famous in Britain because of its depiction of a chariot race, but the large mosaic features many other designs as well.

The central motif is lost, but is surrounded by panels of mythological scenes, held up by four giants with serpents for legs.

Above this scene are animals crowded around Orpheus (who just survives at the top of the mosaic), being soothed by his music.

The mosaic can now be seen in the Hull and East Riding Museum.

Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council, The Collection

Horkstow, Roman villa mosaic pavement, William Fowler, Winterton, Orpheus
Horkstow, St Maurice
Horkstow, St Maurice
Horkstow, St Maurice

St Maurice’s in Horkstow has a pantiled roofed Early English tower.

Also Early English are the nave arcades, chancel arch and parts of the chancel.

The ashlar-faced aisles are the work of R H Fowler in 1895.

Mark Acton, 2015

Horkstow, St Maurice church, R H Fowler
Horkstow, Suspension Bridge
Horkstow, Suspension Bridge
Horkstow, Suspension Bridge

Horkstow bridge (TA 973190), a notable example of a suspension bridge, was built by Sir John Rennie as part of the improvements to the Ancholme Navigation in 1834-5.

It has a simple plank deck and a span of 130ft.

Horkstow is one of the earliest unaltered suspension bridges in the country, providing access for farm traffic.

Frank Robinson, 2008

Horkstow, suspension bridge, John Rennie, Ancholme, Navigation,