This crowdfunding campaign is to raise the funds to create a brand new mural in Reigate. The site is the Brewery Yard, just off the High St. And the mural is going to reflect and honour the historic past of this little alley way and the gateway it led to.
Very few people realise when they park in Morrisons car park that they are on the site of an incredible and vast brewery complex that survived there for many many years. All that is now left is the brewery yard sign.
I really want to honour this site by creating a set of stunning murals that celebrate the history of brewing in Reigate.
There will be three murals in total.
This mural will cover the period 1235-1535 which is the time the Priory was in the hands of the Order of St Augustine. There would have been brewing at this time in the Priory.
I will also incorporate history of Reigate including the Castle which was possibly still a key part of the town at this time.
This mural will cover the period 1536-1800. With the dissolution of the monasteries brewing passed into the hands of innkeepers and common brewers and became something more of a mere domestic industry. In Surrey in 1570 there were 77 inns, 369 alehouses and 8 taverns.
This mural will be the largest of the three and cover the period 1801-1938.
This is the period Mellersh and Neale were in operation in Reigate, the largest and most successful brewery in Reigate and also the site where the murals will be situated.
The money raised will go towards materials, labour, installation and protection of a set of three large scale murals.
Having previously created a mural for Reigate by the side of Boots it was an honour to be asked by the owners of First Stop Stationers to create this work of art for the community.
The support I received for the Boots mural was overwhelming and I really hope to be able to create something just as, if not more stunning for the town once again.
Your support will be amazing.