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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 28th February, 2015)

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers
Trencherfield Mill.

Photo: Rachel Shallcross  (Sony Cybershot DSC-H200)
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Comment by: Ellen on 28th February 2015 at 01:20

An interesting picture,and well presented.....But help a long-time ex-pat; what do these faces represent?

Comment by: Ant Toscanini on 28th February 2015 at 03:59

Great pic, now this is unrelated but has anyone seen that UFO that is flying around Shevi, flashing green and red, could be 1 of those drones their selling over here from America. Just out of curiosity.

Comment by: Mick on 28th February 2015 at 07:13

Was the heads something to do with O pies Museum of Memories.

Comment by: ant toscanini on 28th February 2015 at 08:13

picture is good. Has anyone seen that ufo that is flying around shevi flashing green and red could be 1 of those drones their selling over here from america. it sometimes is like a gold light then goes green and red it bobs up and down over the field at back of them houses near were the new houses are.

Comment by: Helen on 28th February 2015 at 08:50

They look like 'death masks' to me...do they really enhance the building ? I would have thought some sort of artwork to reflect the Trencherfield Mill would have looked better.

Comment by: Jo Anne on 28th February 2015 at 09:13

A good picture, Rachel, thanks :o)

From Past Foward, Summer 1999 (p.21):

OPIE’S Museum of Memories
'The building’s facade has undergone an exciting transformation with the commissioning of a public artist to create a fireplace mantle-piece above the entrance and a collection of family portraits on the ‘chimney-breast’, all of which are cleverly designed to move continuously.'


Artist: Andy Hazell / Date Installed: 1999
'Andy Hazell is an internationally renowned artist who developed this exciting mechanical sculpture (automata). Three heads sit on the wall above a giant mantle piece which features symbols of the Twentieth Century and a clock. The floor of the piazza has brick paving that suggests a large rug and giant dominoes.'

I wonder if the heads can still move, or if their mechanisms no longer work?

Comment by: kath on 28th February 2015 at 09:21

who are the faces?

Comment by: Peterp on 28th February 2015 at 10:38

Kath it is just "art" when they where running the top one the top of the head opened upwards. The middle face the top spun round the head. The bottom face had a tin opener and also rotated round the head

Comment by: anon on 28th February 2015 at 15:07

Amazing what passes for 'Art'!

Comment by: Jo Anne on 28th February 2015 at 19:43

The article about Opie's Museum of Memories (Summer 1999) is on p.21:


Comment by: Jo Anne on 28th February 2015 at 19:48

Photo of how the Museum entrance used to look:


Comment by: Mick on 28th February 2015 at 22:02

Theres pigeons living in the heads now.

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