Bedford’s Castle Mound mosaic damaged again but it might not be vandalism

3993
Castle Mound mosaic damage August 2020
Image: Helen Patterson

A mosaic, telling the history of Bedford Castle, has been damaged again, but it may not be vandalism that has left several areas where tiles have come loose.

The black and white tiles on the grass along The Embankment in front of the Castle Mound, sustained a great deal of damage in mid-August.

Pictures of the damage were quickly shared on social media, including in the We Are Bedford Facebook group.

One member commented: “So sad… one of our nicer aspects spoilt. Completely unbelievable.”

While a spokeperson for Bedford Borough Council said it was a “shame that damage has again been done to the mosaic at Castle Mound”, they said ground movement could also be a factor.

“There are indications that the ground beneath the mosaic may have sunk little with the dry weather,” said the spokesperson.

Council workers have now fenced off the area to prevent further damage.

“We are investigating how best to carry out repairs both to get the mosaic back to looking its best and protect it for the future,” added the spokesperson.

But the council say they do want to rule out vandalism which may have happened around 17 August as well.

“We are reviewing the CCTV footage, and we would ask anyone who saw anything to please let the Police know via 101 or online,” they said.

Castle Mound mosaic damage August 2020
The mosaic has now been cordoned off while council workers repair the damage. Image: Helen Patterson

The mosaic was created by artist, Gary Drostle, and unveiled in 2014.

The artist’s website says: “The idea of this nine metre diameter mosaic for the front of the park was to put the castle mound into context, to depict the rich history of the town and to add a focal feature to the park entrance.”

All that remains of Bedford’s Medieval Castle is the large mound of the castle’s keep which today sits in the centre of Bedford’s Castle Park.

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.