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History at your feet


The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings have just launched a rather eye-catching initiative to encourage us to look at interesting floors. Their blog has a rather wonderful call to arms to appreciate historic flooring more:

and have released their list of Top 20 Floors, including the Chapter House steps at Wells Cathedral and the black and white marble floor in the chapel at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich.


One of my own favourites which is not on the list is the mosaic floor in the main entrance of the National Gallery in London – everyone goes to see the great art, but the mosaics, begun in 1933 by the Russian-born artist Boris Anrep, are witty and colourful, depicting Winston Churchill and Greta Garbo.


Photo of steps at Wells Cathedral from SPAB; of mosaic of Churchill as Defiance from National Gallery



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