Pillars Past; the Way of the Roses Travelling Histories

Developed by Sustrans, The Way of the Roses is a long distance coast to coast cycle route across some of the most beautiful landscape in the UK between Morecambe on the west coast and Bridlington on the east coast. ‘Travelling Histories’ was the public art programme designed to accompany the traveller along the way.  It was intended to comprise 12 public artworks marking traditional movements of people, historical events or phenomena which coincide with this 170 mile long distance route.

Nidderdale Visual Arts was commissioned by Sustrans to deliver the Pateley Bridge Passing Place, one of three locations chosen to pilot the project. Local sculptor Joseph Hayton was commissioned to create the piece of work for Nidderdale which is Pillars Past, a stone sculpture of three pillars, each representing a key part of the history of the area including a monk, a miner and a farmer. They stand in a circle on what used to be the turntable for turning locomotives at the Pateley bridge station of the Nidd Valley Railway, and are just a short walk from the town centre on Nidd Walk.

You can see the creation of this work in a series of short films. Just click on the links below. Pillars Past stands was officially opened in October 2014