Mr Patch Statue

Engaging local school children in Broomfield, Essex to 'discover' Mr Patch.

We worked with local school children in Broomfield, Essex to imagine the character of Mr Patch and submit drawings which we used to inspire the statue.

Previously we commissioned professional storyteller Mike Dodsworth to work with the children of Broomfield Community Primary School to write ‘The Poem of Mr Patch’ for the Patching Hall Lane development.

The character ‘Mr Patch’ is a reference to the Saxon burial ground close to what is now known as ‘Patching Hall Lane’ which contained the remains and artefacts of an Anglo Saxon Prince.

We asked the children to imagine what ‘Mr Patch’ might look like, what his character was like, and how he might have acted. As part of this creative exercise we also asked the children to draw pictures of Mr Patch which we then used as a visual guide when we commissioned the 10ft statue which can be found on the site.

Thanks to the creative input of the children living in the area, the statue and the poem have allowed for the development of a character and an engaging narrative pertaining to the burial ground.

Thanks to the creative input of the children living in the area, the statue and the poem have allowed for the development of a character and an engaging narrative around the 'legend' of Mr. Patch.

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