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Visitor centre to showcase mosaic
The Woodchester Pavement
The Woodward brothers spent 10 years recreating the mosaic
A new visitor centre is opening at Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire to showcase the famous Woodchester Roman Pavement replica.

Brothers Bob and John Woodward spent 10 years recreating the huge mosaic which depicts the Greek god Orpheus.

The artwork had been in storage for several years until the abbey gave it a permanent home last summer.

The original pavement, buried in a graveyard in Woodchester, was last uncovered for viewing in 1973.

It was visited by 140,000 people in 50 days, but is unlikely to be shown to the public again for its own protection.

Bob Woodward, 72, who has spent the past three months building the new viewing facilities, said: "John and I are delighted that the mosaic is now at Prinknash.

"The completion of the new facilities provides the best presentation we have ever had in the 25 years since we completed the floor".




SEE ALSO:
Giant mosaic to move to new home
01 Apr 04 |  Gloucestershire
Mosaic 'could leave Britain'
05 Sep 01 |  UK News


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